Sweetest Day Origins – Sweetest Day 2020 is October 17 – For those of you who did not already know this, it is celebrated primarily in the Michigan Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States.
Sweetest Day Origins
It is supposed to be a time to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed. I prefer it over Valentine’s Day. I look at it as a time to recognize those I feel are sweet and special in my life, unlike Valentine’s which seems to be more focused on the significant other. Some people disagree and prefer to “boycott” the day because they think it is a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of candy – AKA the dreaded “Hallmark Holiday” label.
Yes, Sweetest Day was started by a committee of candy companies, but it was done as an act of philanthropy. The Sweetest Day origins started when The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio, over 90 years ago.
So, I am not one to ban it because others feel it is another “Hallmark Holiday.” I think it’s rather, no pun intended, sweet!
Do you and how do you celebrate Sweetest Day?
FEATURE IMAGE PHOTO CREDIT – fotolia.com – Julia Britvich
Sweetest Day Origins Source – wikipedia.org.