I will like to begin this article by wishing our readers a very Happy National Siblings Day. Today, April 10 special day because it is the day which celebrates the love between brothers and sisters. Liza See, a fêted American novelist, quotes in her book ‘ Shanghai Girls’ which follows the journey of two sisters’ complex relationship in war-torn Shanghai, “We hug, but there are no tears. For every awful thing that’s been said and done, she is my sister. Parents die, daughters grow up and marry out but sisters are for life. She is the only person left in the world who shares my memories of our childhood, our parents, our Shanghai, our struggles, our sorrows and, yes, even our moments of happiness and triumph”. This very accurately sums up the strength and the distinctiveness of the bond that we share with our own siblings.
What is National Siblings Day?
Siblings Day is the annual national holiday in the United States of America on April 10 special day that commemorate the love and bond shared between siblings in a family. National Siblings Day was established after the efforts of Claudia Evart, the founder of Siblings Day Foundation. She formed the foundation to pay her respects and fill the void in her life that was created by the tragic and untimely death of her elder brother and sister, Alan and Lisette. With the former three United States presidents- Obama, Bush and Clinton- issuing official wishes regarding the National Siblings Day, Evart’s efforts have evidently paid off.
European Large Families Confederation (ELFC) launched the holiday in Europe in 2014 and is celebrated on 31st March every year. In India, we celebrate Raksha Bandhan to celebrate this valuable bond.
Celebrations and Traditions of Siblings Day
In the United States, around 80% of people have brothers or sisters. On April 10 special day to celebrate the bond, people usually take their siblings out for dinner or present them with a gift. Many people post their childhood pictures with their loved ones on social media along with stories about the beautiful moments they have shared or sharing some sibling day quotes to wish them Happy National Siblings Day.
Why Siblings are special?
Many psychological studies, over the last few decades, have proved that siblings are an important part of a person’s life. The sibling relationship is one of the first bonds that we structure in our life after birth besides that with our parent. They are the only first-hand witnesses to our childhood experiences. If the situation at home is problematic, many a time, they are the only companion we have at home which only happens to strengthen the relationship more. However, sibling rivalry is one of the silent characteristics of every sibling relationship. The studies are open to different interpretations and acknowledge that various factors such as the age gap, the family structure and the overall culture play an important role in shaping this bond. So wish them with some Sibling day quotes and International sibling day quotes below.
International Sibling Day quote
If you are falling short of words to express your gratitude and feelings to your loved ones, then, we have got you covered. Given below are some of the famous International Sibling Day quotes by famous authors and celebrities to wish your brothers and sisters Happy National Siblings Day:
- “ Half the times when brothers wrestle, it is just an excuse to hug each”, quotes James Patterson, the author of Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club.
- “Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other. They can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other”, says the academy award winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
- “I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, give them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at”, says the American poet Maya Angelou.
- “To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to our brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family grief and joys. We live outside a touch of time”, says blogger Clara Ortega.
These are some of the beautiful Sibling Day quotes for our readers.
Sibling Day 2020
As the world deals with the pandemic of COVID-19, most of us are stuck at home and hence we provide you with the with the list of some of the best sibling relationship movies and books to indulge yourself in nostalgia.
1. Hannah and her Sister
In this comedy-drama by Woody Allen, we get a glimpse of the intertwined lives of three sisters- Hannah, Lee and Holly. The problem begins when Hannah’s husband, Elliot and her sister Lee start having an affair. The third protagonist of the film, Holly, is a cocaine addict and an unsuccessful Hollywood actress.
2. The White Balloons
This is an Iranian feature film by Jafar Panahi. It is about the story of misadventures of five-year-old Razieh as she searches for 500 toman bill that she lost on her way to buy a goldfish along with her brother.
3. Dead Ringers
It is a psychological thriller based on Bari Wood and Jack Geasland’s novel “Twins”. It follows the story of identical twins, Elliot and Beverly Mantle, who are gynaecologists, through their highs and lows in life.
4. The Dreamers
This romantic drama is set in the backdrop of the 1968 Paris Student Riots and based on the novel “ The Holy Innocents” by Gilbert Adair. It takes us on the tour of the complicated relationship between Mathew and twins, Theo and Isabelle.
5. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
This is a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name. It showcases the sibling love and rivalry between Jane and Blanche as they set on their journey to become actresses.
6. Pather Panchali
Satyajit Ray’s Bengali masterpiece, also known as ‘Song of the Little Road’ is the coming of age film revolving around the lives of young Apu and his older sister Durga.
If you are an avid reader then we suggest you the following books:
- Little Women
- Beezus and Ramona
- My Sisters Keeper
- Sense and Sensibility
- The Lowland
We hope you enjoy the good read with a cup of coffee as you go through this quarantine with your loved ones.