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Grandparents Day Around the World

Grandparents Day Around the World When is Grandparents Day Celebrated in other Countries?

Grandparents Day began in the United States in 1978. It has spread to numerous countries world-wide. While many countries celebrate some form of grandparents there is no recognized world wide Grandparents Day.

Some countries set a specific day (ex: July 26th), while others set it on a particular weekend (ex: 2nd Sunday of October). In Australia, Grandparents Day has been adopted one state at a time with no national day yet set. In Japan, there is no single ‘Grandparents Day’ as elders should be given respect and recognition every day, making each of them a mini Grandparents Day. Brazil, Honduras and Spain selected a date that reflects a religious root. In those three countries Grandparents Day is held on the feast of Anne and Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus.

Around the world, no matter the date, Grandparents Day activities recognize and celebrate the importance of the elderly and their unique contributions to family and community. It is just what Marian McQuade had in mind when she urged Grandparents Day to be founded.

Dates of Grandparents Day Around the World

CountryYear FoundedDateNotes
Argentina?Third Sunday in August
Australia - New South Wales2011Last Sunday of October
Australia - Queensland2010Last Sunday of OctoberOriginally was set as the first Sunday in November
Australia - Western 2012Last Sunday of October
Brazil?July 26thDate reflects the feast date of the Saints Anne and Joachim the grandparents of Jesus Christ
Canada1995Second Sunday of SeptemberDeliberations on setting the holiday can be found at: The Debates of the House of Commons
Chile?October 1 and/or October 15
Columbia?Last Sunday in August
Costa Rica?Between October 1 and 10
Ecuador?September 29
Estonia2010Second Sunday of SeptemberKnown as Vanavanemate Päev
France1987First Sunday in MarchWhile now a part of French calendars it was launched by Café Grand'Mère, a coffee brand
Germany2010Second Sunday in October
Honduras?July 26thDate reflects the feast date of the Saints Anne and Joachim the grandparents of Jesus Christ
Hong Kong1990Second Sunday of October
Italy2005October 2ndKnown as La Festa dei Nonni
Japan?all 365 days of the yearThere is no specific date to honor grandparents, as their culture teaches that all the time one should recognize and respect their elders above all.
Mexico1982?August 28Known as Día del Abuelos
Pakistan?Second Sunday in October
Phillipines1987Second Sunday in September
Singapore1998Fourth Sunday in November
South Africa1994First Sunday in October
South Sudan2013Second Sunday in October
Spain?July 26thDate reflects the feast date of the Saints Anne and Joachim the grandparents of Jesus Christ
Taiwan2010Last Sunday in August
United Kingdom2008First Sunday in OctoberIntroduced initially in 1990 by a charity
United States1978First Sunday After Labor DayThe first country to celebrate Grandparents Day
Uruguay?June 19thThe day to honor elders, not specifically "Grandparents Day"
Venezuela?May 29The day to honor elders, not specifically "Grandparents Day"

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