ELFAC launches The Siblings Day the 31st of May

Life is built around affections, events, learning, commitments, ideas, and so many other things.

Dates, anniversaries, memories are marked out on the calendar. That´s why it stands out as special days to celebrate what is most important.

Our siblings are our closest friends. We grow up with them, in the family; we share a web of experiences and complicity. What we live among siblings is unique, unrepeatable and shapes our lives forever.

That is why it becomes so important to have a day dedicated to siblings and the relationships between siblings.

We propose the creation of a Siblings Day. Whether in the family or socially, this is the way to keep this day always present, strengthening and celebrating the importance of what happens between siblings:

·        The growing up together.

·        The adventures.

·        The discoveries.

·        The solidarity.

·        The closeness.

·        The complicity.

·        The identity that is being different.

·        The diversity.

·        The mutual aid, cooperation and division of tasks.

·        Joy and sadness.

·        The emotions good and bad.

·        Tolerance.

·        Reconciliation.

·        Sharing.

·        Stories, roots and memory.

Whoever knows the happiness of having siblings, knows the meaning of belonging.

The recently deceased founder and president of APFN - Portuguese Association of Large Families and also founder and president of ELFAC - European Large Families Confederation is the author of a phrase that marks the celebration and spirit of this initiative: «If you want to make a child happy, give them a sibling. If you want to make a child very happy, give them lots of siblings.»

The world we live in seems to forget or underestimate this truth. The institution of a Siblings Day would point out how happy we can be: be brothers and sisters.

We propose May 31 for Siblings Day.

More information and signatures: (Portuguese and English) (Spanish)