International

Malta 

Grandparents Day was created on 23 September 2013 by Philip M Chircop after obtaining, on this day, the Distinguished Patronage of HE Dr George Abela, President of Malta. The DAY is being established for the first time in Malta by Grandparents Malta, an NGO founded by Philip Chircop & Charles Stroud, with the aim to instil in our siblings respect for our forefathers and to encourage them to look up to their Grandparents not only on this day, but throughout their lives. Grandparents DAY will be celebrated this year, 2013 on Sunday 20 October, when the Church celebrates Missions Sunday, also highlighting Grandparents’ Mission in the Maltese Family Life, and will continue to be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of October, thereafter.

Australia 

Queensland was the first Australian state to officially celebrate Grandparents’ Day – on the first Sunday in November 2010. A range of community events took place in schools and at sporting events around the state. New South Wales held their first inaugural Grandparents’ Day on Sunday 30 October 2011, and will be celebrate it each year on the last Sunday of October. This year’s Grandparents’ Day is being led by council on the Ageing NSW. The Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia held their first Grandparents’ Day in 2012.

Canada 

National Grandparents’ Day began in Canada in 1995. Motion number 273 submitted in the house of commons by Mr. Sarkis Assadourian read: That, in the opinion of this House, the government should consider designating the second Sunday in September of each year as Grandparents’ Day in order to acknowledge their importance to the structure of the family in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children.

Estonia 

Grandparents’ Day is celebrated, beginning in 2010, on the second Sunday in September.

France 

In France, Grandmothers’ Day began in 1987 and is celebrated on the first Sunday in March.

Germany 

In Germany, Grandmothers’ Day was established in 2010 and is celebrated on the second Sunday in October.

Italy

In Italy, Grandparents’ Day was established in 2005 and is celebrated on October 2 Guardian Angels’ Day in the Roman Catholic Church.

Poland 

In Poland, Grandmother’s Day (Polish: Dzień Babci) was created in 1964 by the Kobieta i Życie magazine, and popularized from 1965 onwards. It is celebrated on January 21. Grandfather’s Day (Polish: Dzień Dziadka) is celebrated a day later, on January 22.

Singapore 

Singapore started celebrating Grandparents’ Day in 1979, a year after the U.S. started.

Taiwan 

The Ministry of Education (Republic of China) initiated Grandparents’ Day in Taiwan on 29 August 2010, on the last Sunday in August annually, shortly before schoolchildren would start a new semester.

United Kingdom 

The celebration was introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern. It has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October since 2008, although it is not widely advertised and hasn’t been as commercially successful as Mother’s and Father’s Day. Businesses specialising in gifts and greeting cards have started merging the respective grandparents days with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to try to boost sales.

United States 

National Grandparents’ Day in the U.S. is the first Sunday after Labor Day, in September. It falls on September 9, 2012, then September 8, 2013.

The holiday is expected to grow in significance over the next decade and beyond as the number of grandparents in the United States rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020] as a result of the baby boom. Grandparents in America are also increasingly responsible for child care and support. In 2012, 30% of children under five with working mothers were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent.

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Grandparents

The Grandparents prayer cannot be reproduced without permission from the Catholic Grandparents Association​