Grandparents are the best elders because no one softens, warms, and makes the world a little bit kinder than them. Grandparents’ Day (2022), which has been observed for the past 43 years, honours and recognises the wisdom, love, and contributions of our grandparents in our lives, whether they are tying the family together, connecting the family to the past, or passing on significant values, beliefs, and ideals to younger generations.
Grandparents Day (2022), which was established by Jacob Reingold and Marian McQuade, falls on September 11 this year. On the other hand, Australia celebrates Grandparents Day on the last Sunday in October, Singapore celebrates Grandparents Day on the fourth Sunday in November, and Brazil celebrates Grandparents Day, or “Dia dos avós,” on July 26.
Jacob Reingold was motivated to focus on the significance of grandparents in society after attending the White House Conference on Aging in 1961; as a result, he organised the first Grandparents Day at his retirement residence later that year.
The Bronx borough of New York declared Grandparents Day an official holiday that same year. Later, in 1970, Mrs Marian McQuade started to ask the government to declare a day for grandparents. She did this in order to raise awareness among young people about the value of seniors and the contributions they have made to society throughout history, as well as to encourage them to “adopt” a grandparent and learn more about their lives, difficulties, and aspirations for the future.
The first Grandparents Day was declared in West Virginia in 1973, and US President Jimmy Carter signed a bill declaring April 21 as National Grandparents Day in 1978. Carter stated that “each family’s elders have the responsibility of setting the moral tone for the family and of passing on the traditional values of our Nation to their children and grandchildren.”
Grandparents Day is a chance to cherish the unique bond that grandparents and grandchildren share and spend some quality time as a family.