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Published on April 13th, 2023 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


Brothers and Sisters Across Borders: National Siblings Day in France and the United States

National Siblings Day was celebrated last April 10th in the United States. This holiday is not widely celebrated or recognized in France as it is in the United States, however.

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National Siblings Day was created in the U.S. in 1995 by Claudia Evart, who lost both of her siblings in separate accidents and wanted to honor their memory. The holiday has since been recognized by some states in the US and celebrated by families as a way to honor the bond between siblings.

National Siblings Day is not officially celebrated in France. While the holiday has gained popularity in the United States, it has not spread widely to other countries, including France. However, that being said, some people in France may be aware of National Siblings Day through social media and other sources, and may choose to celebrate it informally on April 10th. But as a whole, National Siblings Day is not a recognized holiday in France.

In general, National Siblings Day is not widely celebrated in Europe, including in France, Spain, Belgium, and Portugal, as it is in the United States. While there may be some individuals or organizations that observe the day, it is not a recognized national holiday in these countries.

Instead, some countries in Europe have their own variations of a Brothers and Sisters Day. For example, in Spain, there is the celebration of the Dia de los Hermanos (Day of the Siblings), while in Portugal, they celebrate the Dia do Irmao (Brother’s Day). These days are typically celebrated within families and are not widely recognized on a national level.

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It’s worth noting that the concept of honoring siblings is not unique to the United States or Europe, as many cultures around the world place great importance on the relationships between brothers and sisters. While there is no direct equivalent to National Siblings Day in France, the bond between siblings is still highly valued and celebrated in various ways throughout the country.

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About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. She always wanted to see the world, which she did starting at 17 when she had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain. She traveled the world from Hong Kong to Taiwan, from Ireland to Austria, to Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco, and discovered the entire countries of Italy and Morocco. She really feels like a citizen of the world. She finally settled several years in Los Angeles where she worked at the French Consulate of Los Angeles. Passionate about the Arts and History, she earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Berkeley and have studied for a Master program in teaching at the University of Southern California, then she went on to teach French to aspiring UNLV and CSN students in Nevada. She is the founder and Editor in chief of French Quarter Magazine, in which she writes, interviews people in a wide range of circumstances, pitches story ideas to writers and journalists, takes photos, and is currently writing her first work in English, which spans the life of Coco Chanel and is filled with adventure, intrigue, history and love.

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