Isn't it crazy how your sister can go from being your favorite person in the world to your number one enemy within minutes? Or how that chocolate you stole from her a decade ago is still a hot topic? Yes, sisters can be a real handful, so it's only fair they get their own day to shine - National Sisters Day!
It's national sisters day on the 5th August.
Sisters across the country unite (peacefully, we hope) to celebrate National Sisters Day which falls on the first Sunday in August every year. In 2018, it was on this day – 5th of August, to be precise, that we saw the most mentions of National Sisters Day online, with an impressive total of 38,120! Filial love clearly conquers all, digital and beyond!
If your sibling rivalry antenna just went up and you're questioning, 'Why isn't there a National Siblings Day?' - pause! There actually is, but sisters are so fantastic that they have a day all to themselves too! The origins of National Sisters Day are somewhat shrouded in mystery, a bit like your sister's ability to find out about your secret crush!
Like anything to do with sisters, National Sisters Day can be what you want to make of it. Some people spoil their sisters with heartfelt notes, bouquets of flowers, or, for the super generous, the clothes they’ve been eyeing in your closet. Others may choose to spend the day sharing old memories, indulging in nostalgic pastimes, or even reigniting age-old feuds (because come on, what's a sisters day without a tiny argument?).
The aim of National Sisters Day is straightforward: to celebrate the unique bond between sisters. Whether she's your tag-team partner in cleaning chores or your arch-nemesis in monopoly, she's played a huge part in making you who you are today. National Sisters Day is the perfect excuse to come together and celebrate that glorious, and slightly chaotic, bond.
The term 'sister' can be traced back to the 12th century when it evolved from the Old English word 'suster' meaning female sibling. This word was derived from the Proto-Germanic word 'swester', which can be found in various Indo-European languages, including German 'Schwester,' Dutch 'zuster,' and Swedish 'syster'.
During the 14th century, the term 'suster' gradually transformed into 'sister' in Middle English. This linguistic change reflected the development of the English language and its pronunciation. Middle English saw the emergence of more recognizable spelling and pronunciation patterns for words.
In the 17th century, the term 'sister' gained a religious connotation. It began to be used to refer to women who were members of religious orders or communities, taking religious vows. This association of 'sister' with the nunhood is still prevalent today, particularly in Catholic and Anglican contexts.
In the 19th century, the term 'sister' started to encompass wider meanings related to closeness and kinship. It began to be used to describe women who shared strong bonds and friendships, metaphorically representing a sense of sisterhood. This extension further expanded the cultural significance and embracing nature of the term.
During the 20th century, with the rise of feminist movements around the world, the term 'sister' took on an empowering significance. It became a symbol of solidarity and support among women, as they fought for equal rights and challenged gender inequality. Phrases like 'sisterhood is powerful' became popular rallying cries for women's rights.
In the 21st century, the term 'sister' continues to evolve and adapt to the digital age. With the widespread use of social media and online communities, the concept of sisterhood has extended to include virtual connections. Many women now refer to their close friends and supporters online as their 'sisters,' fostering a sense of belonging and shared experiences.
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