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Siblings Day

Siblings Day
Observed by Several countries
Significance Honoring relationships of siblings
Begins April 10
Frequency Annual

Siblings Day (sometimes called National Siblings Day) is a holiday recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10,[1] honoring the relationships of siblings. Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this.[2] Since 1998, the governors of 39 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state.[3] From its American beginnings the observation has become international, spreading as far as India and Australia.[4][5]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Celebration 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

The holiday was originally conceived by Claudia Evart to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom had died at early ages.[6] The organization was incorporated in 1997 and achieved non-profit status in 1999.[7]

Carolyn Maloney, then U.S. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district, officially saluted the holiday and introduced it into the official Congressional Record of the United States Congress on September 26, 2005.[8]

Celebration

In the United States, 79% of all children have siblings.[6][9] The holiday is intended to be a celebration of the relationship of brothers and sisters. Many people observe it by posting pictures of their siblings online.[4]

References

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External links

  • Siblings Day Foundation
  • Fox News Video on Siblings Day
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