Saturday, October 17, 2020
Date When Celebrated: Third Saturday in October
Now here is a day you and your sweetie can really get into. It exists as an opportunity for you to recognize that sweet and special someone. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relation to you. They just have to be "sweet" in order to get a little recognition.
While most people celebrate Sweetest Day, by giving chocolates and other sweets to their "Sweetie", the original intent of this day was something quite different.
Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee started Sweetest Day. He wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and under-privileged. His intent was to show these people that they were not forgotten. In 1922, he started this holiday by giving candy and small gifts. Movie stars, most notably Theda Bara and Anna Pennington, joined in giving boxes of candy to people in Cleveland. Baragave 10,0000 boxes of candy to patients in Cleveland hospitals.
The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. And, the traditions altered. Today, people give candies and other sweets to loved ones and friends. That is perfectly fine.
However, we encourage you to follow the original selfless intent of this special holiday. Find ways to give candy and small gifts to those in need. It will bring a smile and a little happiness to someone who is ill or in need. You'll be glad that you did!