2 October: why is it grandparents' day?

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2 October Grandparents' Day

Present, loving and capable of teaching valuable life lessons. Grandparents are irreplaceable figures in the childhood of every child who, when he becomes an adult, will always remember the cuddles, the stories told before going to sleep, the games and the many carefree moments.

Always a point of reference in the growth and education of children, grandparents from all over the country are celebrated on 2 October with a civil event that has become a national event since 2005 with the law of the Parliament of the Paeseno (the 159 of 31 July 2005), just like it happens for the father and for the mother, to celebrate the importance of their role within families and society and to thank them for what they do every day. In fact, grandparents not only contribute to the growth and education of grandchildren, but are also a fundamental support for parents and an important help for many voluntary associations.

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Why is grandparents' day celebrated on October 2nd?

The 2 October is the day the catholic church celebrates the Guardian Angels, who, just like grandparents, protect and look after children. The institution of the festival provides for a concrete commitment by local authorities (Regions, Provinces and Municipalities) to establish initiatives to enhance the role of grandparents and an annual prize, delivered by the President of the Republic to the grandfather and grandmother of Del Paese .

Grandparents' Day in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and the United States

National Grandparents Day was introduced in the United States in 1978 during the presidency of Jimmy Carter at the proposal of Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, mother of 15 children and grandmother of 40 grandchildren, who began promoting l idea of ​​a national day dedicated to grandparents in 1970, working with the elderly since 1956: in fact, he considered the relationship with their grandparents, bearers of knowledge and experience, to be a fundamental objective for the education of the younger generations.

In United States National Grandparents Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day.

In Francia, grandparents and grandmothers are celebrated each year separately: the Festa della Nonna since 1987, on the first Sunday in March, while since 2008 the Festa del Nonno has been introduced on the first Sunday in October.

In Canada has been celebrated since 1995 on 25 October.

In UK, introduced in 1990, the Grandparents' Day since 2008 is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

Read also: 7 reasons to say THANK YOU to grandparents

Crafts for Grandparents' Day

Do you want to prepare a chore with your child to give to grandparents? Create a painting made with fruit and vegetable brushes.

2 October: why is it grandparents' day?

Grandparents' Day: 25 phrases to dedicate

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How to remind grandparents how precious and important they are? With a big hug and giving away a card with a dedication or a themed phrase. Perfect for the 2nd of October, the feast of the grandparents.

Phrases to dedicate to grandparents

A short selection of poetic and author phrases to dedicate to grandparents.

  • The younger generation is the arrow, the older is the bow. (John Steinbeck)
  • Nobody can do for small children what grandparents do. Grandparents sprinkle stardust over children's lives. (Alex Haley)
  • Grandmothers and grandparents are our strength and our wisdom. May the Lord always give us seniority! Elders who give us the memory of our people, the memory of the Church. And also give us [...] a sense of joy. He says that the elders greeted the promises from afar: that they teach us this. (Pope francesco)

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