When is "Sweetest Day"?
Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States on the third Saturday in October
What type of holiday is this?
What is this Holiday for?
Sweetest Day now largely involves giving small presents such as greeting cards, candy, and flowers to loved ones. While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine's Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistent allegations of being a "Hallmark Holiday."
It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed." Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion"created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of candy.
Wikipedia tells us that "Retail Confectioners International describes it as "much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)". In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.
Origin of this Holiday?
The origin of Sweetest Day is frequently attributed to candy company employee Herbert Birch Kingston as an act of philanthropy. However, Bill Lubinger, a reporter for The Plain Dealer, contends that "Dozens of Cleveland's top candy makers concocted the promotion 84 years ago and it stuck, although it never became as widely accepted as hoped." The Cleveland Plain Dealer's October 8, 1921 edition, 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.
There were also several attempts to start a "Sweetest Day" in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922. In 1927, The New York Times reported that "the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October" decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week. On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a "movement throughout the candy industry" to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother's Day, Father's Day, and St. Valentine's Day. In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee. The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940. 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
Facts about October
- October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days.
- The month October has become famous as "Red October", due to the Russian October revolution of 1917, although in the modern Gregorian calendar, the revolution started in November.
- In the nineteenth century, the month of October was dedication to devotion to the rosary in Roman Catholic countries.
What other holidays fall in October?
- Children's Book Week (England) - First Week of October
- National Day (China, People's Republic of) -October 1
- Independence Day in the Republic Of Cyprus October 1
- Independence Day in Nigeria- October 1
- International Day of Non-Violence - October 2
- German Unity Day (Germany) - October 3
- Proclamation of Portuguese Republic (Portugal) - October 5
- Independence day in Nigeria - October 6
- Independence day in Croatia - October 8
- Thanksgiving (Canada) - Second Monday of October
- Health and Sports Day (Japan) - Second Monday of October
- Columbus Day (Most of United States) - Second Monday of October
- World Food Day - October 16
- Constitution Day in Niue - October 19
- Remembering the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 - October 23
- Day of the Romanian Army - October 25
- Independence Day in St. Vincent & the Grenadines - October 27
- Independence Day in Turkmenistan - October 27
- Independence Day in Greece October 28
- Republic Day in Turkey October 29
You may also be interested in: