It’s true, today is Sweetest Day and it’s different from Valentines Day. It’s for everyone even those of us who are not in relationships at the moment. Follow the link here to find out 10 things about Sweetest Day, but I listed three of the key ones for you below and gave you the Wikipedia explanation of the day.
1. It’s a holiday about love. Use this opportunity to share love with those around you. You don’t have to give candy. By sharing kindness and expressing charity today, you’ll be living the very essence of this holiday.
2. It’s different than Valentine’s Day. Where Valentines Day is about your romantic interest, Sweetest Day is about being kind to those around you even if you are not dating or married to them.
3. It’s not limited to candy. although you wouldn’t be out of line to share candy on Sweetest Day, you can share anything sweet. Like: kind words, other sweet foods, good deeds, and anything that makes the person receiving it feel special and important.
|Observed by||Great Lakes region|
|Celebrations||Giving presents such as greeting cards and candy to loved ones.|
|Date||Third Saturday in October|
|2018 date||October 20|
|2019 date||October 19|
|2020 date||October 17|
|2021 date||October 16|
Sweetest Day is a holiday that is celebrated in the Midwestern United States, and parts of the Northeastern United States, also in the northern part of Florida on the third Saturday in October. It is a day to share romantic deeds or expressions, and acts of charity and kindness. 10 states and parts of two states observe Sweetest Day: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and areas of both New York and Pennsylvania west of the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a “Hallmark holiday” or a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.
The first Sweetest Day was on October 10, 1921 in Cleveland. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s edition of October 8, 1922, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. 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. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.
Take this Sweetest Day to spread kindness today!