The relationship between siblings is typically the longest relationship a person will have in life. Despite some irritations and scuffles along the way, the bond among brothers and sisters is like no other, and National Siblings Day, April 10, celebrates just that.
Claudia Evart started National Siblings Day in the late 1990s as a way to honor both her sisters who died at an early age. The day is set aside to recognize and celebrate brothers and sisters throughout the world. Evart is the founder of the not-for-profit Siblings Day Foundation (SDF) that works to uplift brothers and sisters on their own special day in the tradition of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day.
For thousands of years, the people of Guyana in South America and some countries in South Asia have celebrated a day for sibling relationships. The tradition is catching on in the United States with plans to see National Siblings Day an official standard on America’s calendar. Every year, the majority of state governors sign a proclamation setting aside the springtime brother-sister celebration. The SDF suggests the following to show sibling love and appreciation on April 10:
- Send a card.
- Phone or video chat (FaceTime, Skype, etc.).
- Choose a meaningful gift.
- Go out to eat together or attend a concert, sporting event or other fun activity.
- Do a good deed, errand, chore or favor for each brother and/or sister.
- Include a deceased sibling in a remembrance observance.
To strengthen sibling communication and friendship throughout the year, you might try these relationship boosters:
- Work at solving the unfinished business in your relationship.
- Skip the behind-the-back gossiping about your sibling, especially with other family members.
- Attend family gatherings. Showing up unexpectedly for your brother’s karate black belt ceremony or your sister’s business seminar adds trust and stability to your sibling bond.
What suggestions can you offer to celebrate your sibling(s) on April 10?
An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.