National Cousins Day is celebrated each year on July 24. This is the perfect day to let all of your cousins know how much you truly appreciate them. Cousins often spend much time together at holidays, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family functions. Celebrate the special bond you share with your cousins this day as they remain true friends for life.
Aunts and uncles are the best — they're like moms and dads, with all the fun and none of the fuss (or all of the perks and none of the rules). Aunts and uncles are notoriously great listeners. As a kid, it can be wonderful having an adult set of ears that don't belong to your own mother or father, and aunts and uncles fill that role perfectly. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the aunts and uncles of the world, and so on July 26, we commemorate National Aunt and Uncle Day!
On August 1, we celebrate National Girlfriends Day, a day to thank the female friends that help us keep it all together. Whether it's a girl squad of one or a sisterhood of many, these ladies make life brighter, fuller, and complete. Today let your gal pals know just how much they mean to you—this one's for the girls!
Friendship is an age-old institution that crosses boundaries of religion, culture, age, income level, and education. So it may come as a surprise that National Friendship Day wasn't invented until the early 20th century—and only then as a way to increase sales of greeting cards. But when the greeting card industry declined mid-century, National Friendship Day didn't die off with it. Now this holiday is more popular than ever before—thanks mostly to social media. On the first Sunday in August, we celebrate our friendships by saying, "Thank you for being a friend."
They say one is the loneliest number. But is it really? Could one really be the most fun number? That's why November 11 (11-11) is Singles Day. Started in China (probably in the lonely dorm rooms of Nanking University) in the early 1990s, it's a way for single people to celebrate themselves and their "single" status. Today, this festival has become the largest online shopping day in the world with sales on Alibaba's websites at $5.8 billion in 2013, $9.3 billion in 2014, $14.3 billion in 2015, and over $17.8 billion in 2016. Once Singles Day catches on in the U.S. and the rest of world, watch out!