Relationship Holidays

We have relationships of all sorts in our life: Professional, platonic, romantic, and familial, to name just a few, but all are worthy of celebration however largely impactful they are in our every day lives. You don’t often think about how much you appreciate the coworker that you engage in small talk with around the coffee machine in the mornings, or that friend you only see once in a blue moon. We also aren’t so quick to say “I love you” or “thank you” to those closest to us. Hopefully, these holidays (and there are well over 50 of them!) will allow us an opportunity to thank the people in our lives, whoever they are, and whatever capacity they may hold in our lives.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
National Cuddle Up Day,
National Girl Hug Boy Day,
National Hugging Day, ,
National Compliment Day
National Spouses Day
National Shower with a Friend Day,
National Send a Card to a Friend Day,
National Make a Friend Day
Galentine's Day, , ,
Valentine's Day, ,
Singles Awareness Day,
National Proposal Day,
National Siblings Day
National Ex-Spouse Day
Husband Appreciation Day
Honesty Day,
National Brothers and Sisters Day,
Mother's Day, ,
International Day of Families, ,
National Brother's Day, ,
Shavuot,
Global Day of Parents, ,
National Best Friends Day,
National Loving Day, ,
National Kissing Day, , ,
International Kissing Day, , , , ,
National Gorgeous Grandma Day, , ,
National Cousins Day, , ,
National Aunt and Uncle Day, , ,
International Day of Friendship, , , , ,
National Girlfriend Day,
National Friendship Day,
National Sisters Day
National Son and Daughter Day,
National Couple's Day,
Grandparents Day
International Dot Day
National First Love Day
Wife Appreciation Day, ,
National Singles Day ,
Family Health & Fitness Day USA,
National Family Day
National Neighbor Day
​National Love People Day
National Boyfriend Day,
National Coming Out Day, ,
National Pay Back a Friend Day
National New Friends Day, ,
​National I Care About You Day, ,
National Text Your Ex Day, ,
National Unfriend Day,
National Pay Back Your Parents Day,
National Call a Friend Day,
Couple Appreciation Month,

Where did relationship holidays come from?

It all started with one of the oldest celebrations of love: Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). As most of us know, the holiday started as a feast day for St. Valentine, the patron saint of love and affection. Then, Chaucer and Shakespeare started romanticizing the holiday in their writing—helping it gain popularity throughout Britain and Europe. It became custom to give beaus handmade paper cards, which some of us still do today!

Hundreds of years later, Valentine's Day is ubiquitous. It's celebrated by brands and lovers alike, and we look forward to it every year. To pepper our year with even more excitement, both ordinary people and institutions started other holidays that help us spend special moments with the ones we love. Just look at National Proposal Day, created by John Michael O'Loughlin as a celebration of love.

Other holidays, however, aim to let us celebrate other people in our lives. For example, have you ever thought to celebrate your ex-spouse? April 14 gives you that opportunity to acknowledge them or... well, forget them. Need to pay back a friend that got you a while back? Surprise them on October 17 with the funds you owe them, and maybe a few bucks on the top for interest.

Hold your loved ones close this year, and celebrate with them!

Submit Your Favorite Relationship Holidays

If you celebrate a relationship holiday we're missing from our calendar, we'd love to hear from you! But before you head on over to our holiday submission page and let us know, compile a bit of information about your holiday. Is it widely celebrated? Does it have a track record of media coverage? If it's established, we'd love to hear from you!