Interesting Facts About Grandparent’s Day: Wow! We Really Love Them

We all love our grandparents! One of the best things you can enjoy in life is being called a grandfather or a grandmother. Kids love spending time with their grandparents. On the other hand, grandparents enjoy the company of their grandchildren.
Different countries around the world have been celebrating Grandparent’s Day for several years. In the United States, Grandparent’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. The president receives letters from different people requesting him to declare this day as a national holiday. Americans have observed this holiday since 1978.
There are two major conflicting stories about the origin of the Grandparent’s Day. Some people believe that Michael Goldgar first proposed this holiday in the 1970s after visiting his aunt in a nursing home. Others believe Marian McQuade established it to complement her humanitarian aid to the senior citizens. President Jimmy Carter signed Grandparent’s Day into law in 1978. The day was made official after a presidential proclamation on Sept. 6th, 1979.
In addition, President Jimmy Carter officially recognized Marian McQuade, a grandmother from West Virginia, as the founder of Grandparent’s Day in the United States. The primary goal of McQuade was to educate the youths about the contributions seniors have made throughout the history of the country.
People sent out nearly 4 million forget-me-nots and greeting cards for this national holiday every year. Unlike Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, it’s proper for grandchildren to offer gifts to their grandparents on Grandparent’s Day and vice versa.
Grandparent’s Day provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to appreciate their grandparents for all that they do for them. If you live near your grandparents, ensure you visit them at their home on this day. Let’s now look at some interesting facts about Grandparent’s Day.
1. There are several different ways of celebrating Grandparent’s Day including spending time or enjoying a meal together with their grandchildren, giving out gifts, playing board games, sharing memories, or sharing some of their favorite past activities such as visiting museums or fishing with their grandchildren.
2. Marian McQuade, the recognized founder of Grandparent’s Day in the United States, died in 2008. She had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
3. Apart from United Sates, many countries celebrate Grandparent’s Day, including Taiwan (last Sunday in August), Italy (October 2nd), Singapore, South Sudan (2nd Sunday in November), UK (1st Sunday in October), Canada, Estonia (second Sunday in September), Australia (date varies in different states), and Pakistan (second Sunday in October).
4. The forget-me-not is the official flower for Grandparent’s Day. National Grandparent’s Day Council adopted it as the official flower for this holiday on April 20th, 1999.
5. About 2.7 million grandparents act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren in the United States. Unfortunately, more than 22% of those grandparents are living below poverty line.
6. In most cases, kids raised by their grandparents end up being successful individuals. For instance, some of the famous people who were raised by their grandparents include President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, Bobby Darin, Carol Burnett, and Willie Nelson.
7. As a way of honoring Marian McQuade, West Virginia did put her name (“Home of Marian McQuade, Founder of National Grandparent’s Day”) on the highway signs on the roads that lead to the hometown of Oak Hill.
8. National Grandparent’s Day Council awarded Johnny Prill the National Songwriter’s Award for his song “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.”
9. In the United States, more than 700,000 of grandparents raising their grandkids are disabled.
10. Poland and some other countries celebrate Grandfather’s Day as a holiday on its own on January 22nd. A day after Grandmother’s Day.
11. It’s estimated that the average of a grandparent in the US is 48.

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