Sister's Day - The First Friday in August
For those lucky enough to have a sister, this is the day to express their thankfulness. When is Sister's Day? Friday 1st of August 2014.
Sister's Day should be a day for a brother to say, 'sorry sis for teasing you', and, 'I really shouldn't have half-drowned you in that pool'. This is also a positive day; an overdue opportunity to express appreciation for all the things that a sister did for their brother over the years. For example, not snitching to the parents about who broke the outhouse window, and being the goalie so that brother could practice taking penalty kicks.
On reflection, I suppose since we have a Sister's Day then it's reasonable for sisters to recognise their own sister on this day, but in my heart I think Sister's Day is for brothers who just want to give their sister a hug and ask for nothing in return.
Looking back now I can see how lucky a brother I was to have a sister to complete a balanced, idyllic family unity. For those boys who have lost their mother, I can see that a big sister would make the difference between being cared for, and having a miserable childhood. However, I am pleased that I had a younger little sister, for me a big sister would have been too bossy - one mother is all a boy needs!
Having a sister makes boys at least vaguely aware of what girls are like. Three of my best friends also had younger sisters, and when the girls became teenagers somehow the sister's friends became much more interesting!
When I was a young boy I wanted to have lots of brothers so that we could make a football team, or at least have enough for a knock-about game. As I got older I could see this was a bad idea; it's much better to make friends and play games with other boys of my own age. Furthermore, I could appreciate the advantages of the other boys dispersing to their own homes when the game was over. No; one sister is better than eleven brothers.
Sister Litmus Test
For sisters who themselves have a sister, then the first Friday in August could be a time for a reunion. In which case the more sisters and half-sisters you have, then the luckier you are, and all the more fun in jointly celebrating Sister's Day.
When is Sister's Day?
What is unique about Sister's Day is that it falls on a Friday, and thus has a different personality from Mother's Day and Grandparents Day which are traditional Sunday events. Another nice touch is that having Sister's Day in August means that it's well away from Christmas, and other special days.
Friday is the natural day to celebrate sisterhood because it is the one day of the week named after a woman - Odin's wife Freya. Incidentally, the French for Friday is Vendredi, which in turn is based on the Roman goddess Venus.
As with other special days, Will and Guy seek to inject a little humour into the occasion, here is our varied collection of humour for Sister's Day.
Five Fabulously Funny 'Sister' Jokes
1) A Father's Trick
'What's your father's occupation?' asked Miss White on the first day of the new academic year.
'He's a conjurer, Miss,' said Ranjit with a smile.
'How interesting, what's his favourite trick?'
'Gosh, Ranjit, now, the next question.
'One half brother and two half-sisters, 'replied Ranjit cheerfully.
2) Out of the Mouths of Babes
Mia, a young girl complained to her father, 'Daddy, I wish I had a little sister.'
Trying to be funny, her father joked, 'But darling, you already have a sister.'
Confused, the toddler asked, 'I do?'
'Sure,' her dad said, trying harder to be funny, 'You don't see her because every time you come in the front door, she scoots out the back door.'
Mia, confused, thought for a moment and then beamed, 'You mean just like my other daddy?'
3) Good Turn
Pamela, a Guider, asked one of her troop what good deed she had done for the day.
'Well,' said Emily, a guide, 'Mum had only one dose of castor oil left, so I let my younger sister have it.'
4) Singing Sister
Craig was listening to his sister practice her singing. 'Sis,' he said, 'I wish you'd sing Christmas carols.'
'That's nice of you, Craig,' she replied. 'Why?'
'Then I'd only have to hear you once a year.'
5) Kangaroo Courting
Teacher: What is this picture?
Class: Don't know, Miss.
Teacher: It's a kangaroo.
Class: What's a kangaroo, Miss?
Teacher: A kangaroo is a native of Australia.
Little Archie: Wow, my sister's married one of them.
Nursing sisters have their special day on May the 12th (International Nursing Day).
Sisters in holy orders have their special day on February 10th, which celebrates their patron saint: St Scholastica.
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