Sisters' Day, or National Sisters' Day, is commemorated every year on the first Sunday of August. It is a day to celebrate sisters and the bond between siblings. Even if you and your sister fought a lot growing up, sisters are also our childhood companions and closest friends. Someone who often has your back knows everything about you and loves you. A sister has been with you from the start and was your first friend and confidant.
As Sisters' Day is an unofficial holiday in the United States, it is not known when or how the holiday originated. But the bonds between sisters and siblings have been celebrated for centuries in many different cultures. For example, in India, there is a celebration called Raksha Bandhan that honors and commemorates the relationship between brothers and sisters.
Why is there a Sisters' Day?
Sisterhood can have a lot of meanings. The most obvious one is that of a biological sister, someone who you grew up with and shares one or two parents. In fact, over 80% of Americans have a sibling! However, sister can also be used to refer to a very close friend of yours, who is always there to support you. If you are or were a member of a sorority it is also likely that you see the other members as sisters!
Sisters' Day exists exactly because all these bonds are so important, and some of the strongest relationships you have are likely with someone who you see as a sister, one way or another, and it is important to show your sister, or sisters, how much you appreciate having them in your life.
What to do on Sisters' Day
The best thing to do on National Sisters' Day is to show your sisters how thankful you are for them. This can be done by giving them a gift or writing them a nice card. If you haven't seen them for a while invite them for lunch or dinner, or for a day out doing your favorite activities together! If you live far away from your sisters, give them a video call, catch up on each other's lives, and reminisce about past times.