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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. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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