Those who have siblings know the pain of sharing everything and those who don’t wish for a safety net in form of a sibling. No matter how much we despise them, irritate them or stay apart, the love of siblings is a special bond of the kins. Every year this bond is celebrated on April 10, as World Siblings Day.
Story of World Siblings Day
Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart, a freelance paralegal professional from Manhattan, New York, USA.
Evart was inspired to start Siblings Day after she had the tragic experience of losing both her brother and her sister in separate accidents at an early age. The date of Siblings Day is very important to its founder as it marks the birthday of her sister, Lisette. In an effort to promote the day, Evart began the Siblings Day Foundation as a charitable organisation in 1995.
Sometimes called Brothers and Sisters Day, this is a day of celebration and recognition for siblings around the world, whether they have passed on or are still living.
How to celebrate World Siblings Day with your best kin?
No matter what activity you take up this sibling day, it is very important to spend quality time and enjoy the day with your siblings. Here are a few fun activities you can do on World Siblings Day.
Acknowledge their presence in your life
One of the most important activities on this day is to acknowledge and appreciate a brother or sister (or both!) Siblings Day can be celebrated by making a phone call to a sibling, sending a card or gift, making a dinner invitation, or simply going for a walk in the park. If your siblings are away then visit places that remind you of them and do your favourite activities, it’s a great way of reminiscing their presence in your life.
Reminisce through old photos
World Siblings Day is a fun day to enjoy the nostalgia of those photos. Share them with others in the family who might also have enjoyable memories. Siblings Day might even be the right time to put together a scrapbook to hold photos, memories and stories of beloved brothers and sisters.
Teach your child to appreciate their siblings
Siblings can be your greatest strength when you have no one to go to. It’s never too early to get a start on teaching children to love and care for their brothers and sisters. For parents of little ones who want to celebrate Siblings Day, it’s fun to dress siblings in matching outfits and have a photoshoot. Older kids can write letters or stories that include the things they appreciate each other–these can then be put into a memory box to read when the kids grow up!
Read books about siblings, listen to music and watch sibling love movie
Kids can also read (or have read to them) books about siblings that encourage them to get along. These might include The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm; Lola Reads to Leo, by Anna McQuinn; The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon, by Matthew Burges; or anything from the Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child.
Creating and sharing a playlist in honour of the relationship between siblings is a fun way to celebrate Sibling Day. Put some of these songs onto a playlist and bask in the glory of good-ol-time.
He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother (1969) The Hollies
My Big Sister (2008) Barenaked Ladies
Brother Sister (2010) Beta Radio
When We Grow Up (1973) Diana Ross
Sister to a Brother (2011) Rob Finlay
My Sister Says the Saddest Things (2010) Grimes
Sister Christian (1983) Night Ranger
Watch a film about siblings
Movies have been one of the greatest bonding exercises of all time. So, get your popcorns and a cosy blanket to have a movie night with your frenemy, your siblings. Here is a list of classic Sibling movies of all time:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). A comedy musical film about a group of backwoods brothers who are all looking to get married.
Sabrina (1954). Two brothers compete for the attention of a beautiful woman, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn).
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). The stories of three grown siblings whose lives intertwine from one Thanksgiving to another.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). This rom-com features two brothers (played by actual brothers, Beau and Jeff Bridges) who try to eke out a living as lounge pianists.
My Sister’s Keeper (2009). A heart-wrenching story about a girl with cancer and her sister who donates her tissue to keep her alive, with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) A touching story about a young man (Johnny Depp) who tries to keep his family together, including taking care of his younger brother (Leo DiCaprio) who has mental health struggles.
Celebrations of the day around the world
Many celebrities and organisations have taken to social media to wish World Siblings Day. No matter how siblings are, conjoint, twins or step-siblings, frenemies, old, young etc., they still got a piece of you.
Sometimes your siblings can be life saviours
And other times maybe you can save a life and get a brother/sister for life.