Date Your Mate Month – May 2021

May

Date Your Mate Month takes place every May and we are ecstatic to celebrate this unique and fun way of bringing people together! Relationships take work, be it standing up for your partner, understanding them, or keeping the romance alive. You have to continue doing what you did before you started dating and having busy lives is not an excuse. Why not come up with creative ways to treat your partner? Go out of your way and show your significant other how special they are to you. This can be in spontaneous, fun, and inexpensive ways. The goal is to bring back the romance and reignite that spark to strengthen your relationship. 

History of Date Your Mate Month

We’ve heard of plenty of quirky and unique holidays but Date Your Mate Month is surely up there. We aren’t sure when this holiday started but we’re grateful for it!

George Ade, a columnist at a newspaper, coined the word ‘date’ in the context of relationships. He wrote a column on working-class lives, in which he told the story of a clerk named Artie whose girlfriend was losing interest in him and began seeing other men socially. When Artie confronted his girlfriend about this, he said to her, “I s’pose the other boy’s fillin’ all my dates?”

The concept of courtship and dating has been around for quite a while with new forms of dating also arising through the years. However, it’s really easy to get stuck in a routine when you’ve been dating someone for a while or are married to them. While there’s nothing wrong with having a lazy evening at home with your partner, it’s still important to do different things to keep the excitement levels up in a relationship. We need to continue making an effort in our relationship and not just for this one month but if the flame is fizzling out, this month serves as a great reminder of that.

Date Your Mate Month has gained popularity and is the perfect time for couples to do a little extra something for their partners

Date Your Mate Month timeline

1950s
The Term ‘Going Steady’

The term ‘going steady’ is used to describe relationships before the word ‘dating’ is popularized.

1966
Concept of Online Dating

Harvard undergraduates Jeff Tarr and Vaughn Morrill develop Operation Match, an algorithm to match partners, which paves the way for online dating.

1986
The Word ‘Date’ is Coined

George Ade, a newspaper columnist coins the word ‘date’ with reference to relationships.

1991
Growing Popularity of Online Dating

After the World Wide Web is made available to all, more and more online dating sites begin to appear.

Date Your Mate Month FAQs

Where is Date Your Mate Month celebrated?

While it is largely celebrated in the United States, there is no reason why anyone across the globe can’t enjoy this fun celebration.

Are there any special challenges for this Month?

No, there aren’t. But you can make your own Date Your Mate Month challenge with your partner and decide on one thing to do every day to rekindle the romance in the relationship. 

How can one plan the perfect date?

There is no standard formula for a perfect date but you can definitely take into consideration what your partner likes and plan a date accordingly. That will surely be the perfect date for them. 

Date Your Mate Month Activities

  1. Plan a surprise proposal

    Have you been waiting for the perfect moment to put a ring on it? What better time to do this than in Date Your Mate Month? Plan a romantic or fun surprise proposal for your partner and set the tone for a lifetime of happiness together. You will surely both cherish this moment for the rest of your lives.

  2. Go on a bae-cation

    Have you and your partner bitten by the travel bug but don’t have the time to take a long vacation? Date Your Mate Month is the perfect opportunity to satiate your wanderlust. Plan a bae-cation in a nearby location, book a cozy hotel or apartment, and surrender yourself to a weekend full of cuddles and adventure.

  3. Replicate your first date

    Remember that feeling you had when you went on your first date with your partner? The butterflies in your stomach and the excitement! How about replicating that first date and reliving that whole experience? It’s a perfect way to rekindle the romance in your relationship.

5 Facts About Dating That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Dating could put you in prison

    Before the turn of the last century, when dating was still a new concept, it could land you behind bars.

  2. From Russia with love

    Russian men give an odd number of flowers to their dates to symbolize that the beauty of their woman will make the bouquet an even number.

  3. China has dating schools

    China has a dating school that endeavors to teach young people how to woo potential partners through a series of intensive online and in-person courses.

  4. Speed dating is based on a Jewish tradition

    Speed dating was invented by a rabbi and is based on a Jewish tradition where young singles meet under the supervision of a chaperone.

  5. Japan’s Valentine’s Day

    In Japan, the females purchase chocolates for their partners on Valentine’s Day and receive nothing in return.

Why We Love Date Your Mate Month

  1. It gives us a chance to prioritize relationships again

    People who are in long-term relationships often tend to get caught up in the whirlwind of their daily lives. It can unintentionally put their relationship on the back burner and they tend to stop putting in the same effort as they did in the beginning. Date Your Mate Month is the perfect opportunity to prioritize your relationship again, make your partner feel special, bring back that charm, and have fun.

  2. Dating can make you happy

    A lot of people date and have successful relationships. Having a loving partner who pushes you and supports you can make your life wholesome. Date Your Mate Month helps to remind you why you started dating the person you’re with and why they make you so happy.

  3. It adds a fun element to the monotony

    We spend most of our time either working or completing daily chores. Yes, we get to take periodic vacations or breaks but how cool is it that we have a fun event like Date Your Mate Month that we can celebrate without compromising on anything else? It can break the monotony of everyday life and recharge you mentally!

Date Your Mate Month dates

YearDateDay
2021May 1Saturday
2022May 1Sunday
2023May 1Monday
2024May 1Wednesday
2025May 1Thursday