Our grandparents are undoubtedly very special people. They gave us our parents, plus, they also parent us – often in a much wiser and gentler way. Grandparents deserve only the best the world has to offer, but they usually reserve the best for us. Grandparents’ Day is one day every year when we can shower them with the best of everything for a change. Show your grandparents how thankful you are for how selfless they are and really drive home that they deserve the best.
About National Grandparents’ Day
People in different countries pay tribute to grandparents through a National Grandparents’ Day celebration on different days of the year. It is sometimes one single holiday or separate days for Grandmothers and Grandfathers. This day has been internationally celebrated in different dates in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Poland and Singapore. Usually, the dates fall sometime in September and October. The months during autumn season were the ideal choice to celebrate the special day in order to give due homage to the autumn years of a grandparent’s life.
Age Concern was the charity federation that started it all in the UK in 1990. Generally, it has always been commemorated on every first Sunday of October since 2008, although this holiday is not well-known as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Unlike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s not only grandchildren who recognize and appreciate their grannies and grandpops through Grandparents’ Day. This is the day when grandparents in general are honored and celebrated by anyone who wished to pay them tribute. Information Now says that there is an estimated of 21% of the UK population or about 14 million people are grandparents. Thus, for every three people, one is aged over 50 years old. We need all the help we can get to help make all grandparents feel special, even for just this one day!
Celebrating Grandparents’ Day
Grandparents’ Day can be celebrated in many creative ways. It can be the simplest act of picking up the phone to giving them a visit and gifting them with the best bamboo comfort for heath and quality sleep – or just celebrating with family well-loved memories of loved and lost grandparents.
The official and primary proponent of the holiday, Age UK, provides monumental celebrations for Grandparents’ Day. In 2016, they threw a fundraising party with ambassador and YouTube star Joe Sugg, who encouraged people to cook a recipe that awoke within them the fondest memories of their grandparents.
This year, through social media, the charity is inviting people to use #grandpics and #grandparentsday as they share their pictures and stories about their grandparents online. Grandparents Plus has also launched their own celebratory walking routes where Grandparents’ Day can be celebrated with grandchildren and anyone else who wishes to honour our grand folks this year. Other charities like Blind Veterans UK have also made preparations for the holiday.