Significant others aren’t the only ones we’re grateful for all year round. From friends to family to spouses, we’re so excited to celebrate the love in our life with 16 holidays.
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.
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!