Grandparents Day Celebrations (2016)

About Grandparents Day

Grandparents day, also called National Grandparents day, is celebrated on the first Sunday following labor day, every year in the U.S. and Canada.

In Britain, normally, Grandparents day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in the month of October every year.

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Why Is Grandparents Day Celebrated?

Grandparents day is celebrated to honor grandparents. It is an occasion to tell our grandparents how much they are loved and adored and also their importance in our lives. This celebration gives an opportunity to us to express our love and appreciation for the role they have played in our lives.

Grandparents day is a time for celebration and reunion of the family as well.


How Is Grandparents Day Celebrated?

Parties and picnics are organised by the grandchildren to make grandparents feel special on this occasion. Gifts and presents are given to them to appreciate the love and affection, care, support and wisdom that they have provided to the grandchildren.

This day also offers the opportunity for grandparents to express their love for grandchildren.


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Grandparents Day Facts & Trivia

The forget-me-not flower is the official flower for the U.S. Grandparents day since 1999.

The song " A song for Grandma & grandpa" by singer and songwriter, Johnny Prill is the official song for U.S.Grandparents day since 2004.

September was chosen as the month for celebrating Grandparents day to symbolize the autumn years of the lives of grandparents and elders.

Among the countries that celebrate Grandparents day are : United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan.


National Grandparents Day Song - Johnny Prill

The Origin Of Grandparents Day

Marian McQuade of West Virginia first proposed the National Grandparents Day by starting a campaign in 1970 to dedicate a day to honor grandparents. She is recognised as the founder of the National Grandparents Day in the U.S.

With the support of the Church, civic groups, businesses and political leaders it led to the signing of a federal proclamation by the then U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, in 1978 and the first National Grandparents Day was celebrated on September 9, 1979.

Before this, the first Grandparents day was observed in 1973 in West Virginia.


Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

If you are one of the lucky ones to have grandparents living let this opportunity be a time to let them know how special they are in your life and how much you care for them. Giving them gifts that they will love and use will further strengthen the bond of love that binds you to them.

Here are some gift ideas for Grandparents day.

  • Make it happen - Drop in and spend some quality time with your grandparents today. They will cherish this for a long time. With life being as busy as it is, this special occasion is a blessing in disguise and this gesture would probably be the greatest gift they would love to have.

    Talking to them, hearing them out will make their faces beam with a smile you won't easily forget either.

  • Gift a picture of yourself - What a better gift for your grandparents on this day to find a beautifully framed picture of the grandkids for them to receive and cherish on this occasion.

  • Apart from the above you can give them handmade gifts made specially by you for this occasion. It will also show that you rally cared to take out time to put together the handmade gift.

    Just go ahead and do it and see the glow on their faces.

  • Next in line could be some gifts that can be used daily. Something that both grandma and grandpa use in their day to day activities. This will not only be a thoughtful gesture but will make them smile and remember you fondly each time they are used.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I just wrote a couple articles about this day for customers or I would have never known it was coming soon. Nice job Rajan! A little different from your norm but written well nonetheless.

blessings to you and yours

bill


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I haven't had grandparents for many years..and my grand kids, unfortunately would not want to be bothered..However, it is a lovely idea and you did a great job as always...


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Grandparents are the best people in the world. I do miss mine.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Rajan, thank you for this presentation on Grandparents' Day. Very interesting for me since this will be my first celebration as a grandmother. I appreciate the facts. Thank you.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Being a grandparent I am especially fond of Grandparents Day :) This was a nice history of the day and a good way to celerate such special people in our lives.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Rajan,

What a lovely article and I didn't know about it even though it appears it is celebrated here in Ireland. The dates seem a bit muddled when I checked as to when but good to know about it. Grandparents are so special and I wish mine were still with us they were wonderful and i have many fond memories of times with them. Great job, voted up, interesting, shared!


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

A good reminder to everyone that Grandparents day is approaching. Your hub enlightened me about how, why and where it is celebrated.

It is so nice to have Grandparents around, because they have only Love and Blessings to offer.

Thanks and voted up!


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Rajan very good hub. It is very important to make our elders feel wanted and loved , who have given us so much to us. Shared on twitter and hubpages, voted up, awesome & interesting


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Silverfish 3 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Lovely hub. I have never heard of grandparents day. We don't have it in Britain.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Every day grandparents day for me. My grandsons live right next door and their gift to me is the joy they bring to my life.

I never knew but one of my grandparents and she died when I was four. My other grandparents had already passed away. I wish so much that I could hug them and squeeze them on this special day but what I do instead is plant a new special plant in their honor or sit in the memorial garden in my yard soaking in the beauty around me.

Thanks for sharing this...I hope that families do embrace their grandparents not just on this special day but each day.

Great suggestions ....Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Every day grandparents day for me. My grandsons live right next door and their gift to me is the joy they bring to my life.

I never knew but one of my grandparents and she died when I was four. My other grandparents had already passed away. I wish so much that I could hug them and squeeze them on this special day but what I do instead is plant a new special plant in their honor or sit in the memorial garden in my yard soaking in the beauty around me.

Thanks for sharing this...I hope that families do embrace their grandparents not just on this special day but each day.

Great suggestions ....Angels are on the way ps


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Rajan,

I was just thinking about Grandparents Day yesterday, when I noticed it on my calendar. Thanks for reminding me again, because I want to get a card ready for my one pair that is still alive. I may even see if there's a way to visit them. I have one week to see if it's possible! I know they would love to see me.

I also didn't know there's a song about it. It's adorable.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for sharing this with us!

~ Kathryn


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Grand parents are wonderful people. This is a great day to celebrate and show our love for them.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared on FB Rajan. I didn't ever know it was coming up, glad I found your article pal. I only have one grandparent left and grandma was recently diagnosed with cancer, so I want her to know I appreciate everything that she has done for me. I appreciate the reminder. I live in West Virginia and I didn't know Marian McQuade was responsible for Grandparents Day, very cool. Great ideas and information Rajan.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Bill-thanks and it is wonderful to have a day dedicated to our grandparents. Have a nice day!

@Carol-mine have been gone too since decades but it feels so nice to remember the love they showered on us. Have a good day!

@wetnosedogs-yes, I too miss them.

@MsDora-congrats on becoming a first time grandmother. I believe it should be a great feeling. I've yet to have this experience.

@tillsontitan-thanks for appreciating, Mary. I do miss my grandparents.

@Susie-it is so lovely to experience the love of grandparents and I know most of us think of the good times we've had with them. Appreciate the votes and sharing. Have great day, my friend!

@Chitrangada-the bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a unique bond, so lovely, so endearing. These are memories one does not forget ever.

@IndianChef-thanks and it's true grandparents love is unique in itself. Thanks.

@Silver Fish-thanks for reading.

@Patricia-you are right that we need to make each day a special day for our grandparents and we truly miss them when they are no longer with us.

@Kathryn-thanks and it feels so nice to see that grandparents are thought of. I have beautiful memories of my grandparents and miss them dearly at times. Have a lovely time with your grandparents.

@Nithya-thanks for reading.

@thelyricwriter-thanks for reading and appreciating. I wish you have a lovely time with your grandma and I wish her health. Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Truly a fantastic day to cherish special moments well appreciated.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for stopping by, Devika.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Lovely hub, Rajan. I never knew how Grandparents Day started. I always assumed it was "invented" by the greeting card companies. I am lucky to have one set of grandparents still alive. I bought them some cinnamon bread and honey butter from their favorite bread store and made some cookies to celebrate the day. I will miss them when they are gone.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

FlourishAnyway, we need to appreciate our grandparents for what they did for us and be with them for as much time as we can so that we have happy lasting memories of them when they are no longer with us.

Thanks for reading.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I have no idea that there´s a grandparents day. My grandparents are all gone and I´m not a grandparent yet. I wonder if I will become one. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hmmm... I don't think my family is very aware of Grandparent's Day. We need to promote this holiday!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Thelma-thank you for reading and sharing.

@Rebecca-Grandparent's day is much less popular and celebrated which is a pity. Thank you for visiting.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

rajan,

I didn't know about grandparents day until reading your hub. This is an excellent hub which I voted up in all categories. It is especially important for grandparents to have regular contact with younger people such as their children and grandchildren. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

Is this Grandparent's day in India because in the US everyday appears to be Grandparent's day from the government!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Paul-thanks for the read, votes and sharing. While we do celebrate it here in India, Some aspects of it were revealed to me as I researched.

@Doodlehead-Lol!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

When my grandchildren were young there were always a grandparents day at their school. I enjoyed going. Voted up on your hub and shared.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Glad you liked. Thanks for stopping by.


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

I just spoke to my 83 year old grandmother.

Nice to know about the grandparents day.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

That's so good to hear. Thanks for reading, Leena.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

This is one on the most overlooked holidays I think! Thanks for getting the word out there


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Audrey.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

It is special that Grandparents have their very own DAY.....and I like the way you have written this and suggested creative gifts. To be completely honest, though....being a Grandmother is such a wonderful blessing, it makes me happy & grateful every single day......and my GRANDCHILDREN are the best gift ever!! UP+++


madavi 15 months ago

Day for grand parents is not there in India I was very exited but feels happy for giving honour to the elders madavi

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