National Sweetest Day:
Celebrated on the Third Saturday of every October. It is a day when people share deeds and expressions of love, charity, and kindness.
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Why National Sweetest Day
The National Sweetest Day is a celebration where people are encouraged to be generous to others even through small deeds. This day was invented in 1916 and it signifies that even the smallest help can be of great significance in someone’s life. To celebrate this day, people share small gifts, candy, sweets, cards, and more. Whilst most people show their appreciation to friends and family, they are also encouraged to do good deeds to others who ask for their help. It is the perfect celebration for you to look for the people who need extra care and treat them to something good.
How can we observe/celebrate National Sweetest Day:
You can celebrate the day by doing the following activities:
- Share a treat with someone
One of the major things that you can do to observe the celebrations for this day is to share a treat with someone. Go to the mall and buy a meal that you can share with your friends or family. If you are working, you can also carry a box of treats to gift to your colleagues on this day. Besides sharing treats with people that you know, you can also share the same with a stranger. Surprise someone that you have just met and let them know that they are appreciated for the good deeds that they do.
- Organize a charity event
You can also opt to go all the way and organize a charity event in your community that will help to raise money. One of the ways that you can do this is to sell candy and other gifts on this day and then use the proceeds to fund a charity organization. When arranging the event, you can also look for guests who can make a contribution that is more significant. Buying the gifts directly from the manufacturer will also save you some money and contribute more to the event. You can also use the day to buy food for the needy and vulnerable people in your community.
- Send gift cards
Buy gift cards that you can share with the people who have made an impact on your life. Gift cards are very useful because they are long-lasting and can be preserved for memories. The best thing about gift cards is that you can send them as a kind gesture to people that you do not know such as essential health workers and other people who have been useful to you at a certain point in your life. You can also send sweets and chocolates to accompany your gift cards.
- Celebrate on social media
The other way you can celebrate this event is to celebrate on social media so that you can encourage others to show their gratitude to those around them. When you are celebrating the day on social media, you need to include pictures that show how you spent the day and the activities that you engaged in. Make sure that your social media posts are captioned with the hashtag #NationalSweetestDay so that your followers can know exactly what you are celebrating.
Interesting Facts about National Sweetest Day:
Some of the most interesting facts that you need to know about this day include:
- The National Sweetest Day was initially known as Candy Day. During its creation, the Confectioners Associations used it as a way of promoting sales and increasing revenues. However, the purpose for the day changed as people became more inclined to helping others rather than only buying candy.
- This day became controversial during World War I. Herbert Hoover, who was then the director of the US Food Administration had concerns about the day because the country was at a point where they needed to conserve sugar.
- The National Sweetest Day is more of a Midwest holiday. It is majorly celebrated in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
History of National Sweetest Day:
The history of the National Sweetest Day started on October 8, 1921. The Cleveland Confectioners agreed to create a day when people would show love and kindness towards each other by sharing candy. The first celebration of this day involved distributing 20,000 candy boxes to the needy and vulnerable people so that the day would be the ‘sweetest’ they had that year. The celebrations slowly began to spread to other cities and more people are now versed with the importance of celebrating this day. In as much as this day started as an event when people would share sweets and candy, it transitioned to being a day when charity organizations would organize drives to help needy people. Most people often mistake the similarity between Sweetest Day and Valentine’s Day. Unlike Valentine’s Day when people appreciate their romantic partners, Sweetest Day includes sharing love with everybody.