Anne & Samantha Day
Anne & Samantha Day is a celebration that happens bi-annually during the summer solstice and winter solstice. The day is meant to honor Samantha Smith and Anne Frank.
Why Anne & Samantha Day?
Anne & Samantha Day is celebrated to honor both Anne Frank and Samantha Smith. Anne Frank was a young Jewish woman whose family was forced into hiding by the Nazi. When hiding in an empty room in her father’s company, Anne recorded her emotions in the ‘Diary of a Young Jewish Girl’. Her father was the only family member who survived the brutality of the Nazi’s and he also later found Anne’s diary.
Samantha Smith is also celebrated during this day for her writing skills. At ten years old, Samantha wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, who was the leader of the Soviet Union. In the letter, Samantha sought to understand the cause of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Her letter was published in the Soviet Newspaper and she wrote another one to the ambassador of the Soviet Union in the United States. Her writing skills made her prominent in peacekeeping missions and she even starred in ‘Lime Street’, a television series.
How can we celebrate Anne & Samantha Day:
Some activities that you can take part in to celebrate this day include:
- Read more about Anne and Samantha
One of the things you can do to observe Anne & Samantha Day is to read more about the two women. To find more details about Anne, you can read ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’, which is where Anne’s diary is published. To find out more about Samantha, you can read the book, ‘Journey to the Soviet Union’, which was a book written by Samantha Smith.
- Watch a film
There are some films that depict the details of Anne and Samantha’s lives. You can watch these films to have a detailed idea about the lives that these two young women-led. The films will also show you the great impact that these two women had on society. You can go to the theatre to watch the films or you can watch them at home with your friends and family.
- Write to the Stamp Advisory Committee
You can write a letter to the ‘Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee’ persuading them to include Anne & Samantha on postage stamps. When writing a letter to this committee, including all the details that make Anne and Samantha worthy of being included on the postage stamps.
- Post on social media
To celebrate this day, you should also try to create social media posts that will rally other people into celebrating the occasion. You can post pictures of the activities you took part in to celebrate the two brilliant young women who had a great impact on history. You can use the hashtag #Anne&SamanthaDay as a caption to your posts so that people can become aware of the celebration.
Interesting facts about Anne & Samantha Day:
Some interesting facts you need to learn about both Anne and Samantha include:
- Anne was just a nickname given to her. Anne’s full name was Annelies Marie Frank.
- The diary on which Anne detailed her accounts while hiding in her father’s company had been gifted to her on her 13th
- Otto, who was Anne’s father, was the only member of their family who survived. He fulfilled Anne’s wishes of having her diary published.
- Samantha Smith was only 11 years old when she wrote a letter to the Soviet Union Leader, Andropov.
- Samantha Smith was named “America’s Youngest Ambassador’ by the press because of her peacekeeping activities.
- Samantha Smith was also an actress. She starred in the film, “Lime Street
History of Anne & Samantha Day:
Anne & Samantha Day was started by people who wanted to have Anne Frank and Samantha Smith on postage stamps. To this end, people are urged to write letters on this day to the Stamp advisory committee urging them to include the two girls on postage stamps. This is in a bid to recognize the achievements that they both had in different sectors. The current goal of the organizers of this day is to have Samantha’s postage stamp on June 29, 2022, which will be her 50th birthday, and Anne’s stamp on June 12, 2029, which will be her 100th birthday.