National single parent days of different countries in Europe


It’s not easy to be a single mom or dad, especially when kids are involved. But no matter the challenges parents face, they deserve support and recognition for their exceptional job. That’s why many countries around the world decided to celebrate national Single Parent Day on various days during the year.

Germany:

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The first International Single parent day was held in Canada on October 5, 1992. Since then, it has been celebrated worldwide. In Germany, the national Single Parent Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of March to honor all single parents and their families. It’s an opportunity to recognize their needs and rights.

Italy:

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In Italy, since 2003 the Single Parent Day has been proclaimed a special day by decree of President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The date hasn’t been fixed yet but it takes place every year between September 15 and November 14. On this day “the state supports projects about family policies”.

Sweden:

Since 2012 in Sweden, the fourth Sunday of February is celebrated as National Single Parent Day. The idea behind this day is to acknowledge that single parents are an important part of family life who need support and encouragement, not only on special days but all year long.

Russia:

The first Single Parent Day took place in the USA in 1992. Since then, many countries around the world started celebrating it. In Russia, the national single parent day is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of August. President Vladimir Putin once congratulated them through Twitter saying “All-Russian action “Single Parent” continues for 22nd time. We reaffirm our commitment to protect their rights.”

Iceland:

Icelandic Parliament decided that the second Monday of April will be celebrated as National Single Parent Day. The idea behind this decision was to help single parents who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, by recognizing their challenges and their needs.

Romania:

In Romania, the National Single Parent Day is celebrated twice a year. On the last Sunday of April and on the last Sunday of August. The objective is to raise awareness among children and adults about eliminating negative stereotypes, do away with prejudices and encourage understanding towards single parents as well as their children.

Slovakia:

Every year between October 1st and December 31st, the Slovak Republic celebrates Family Week. The final day turns into a national single parent day known as “Family Matters” when every child deserves a mom and dad.

Malta:

This year Malta decided to celebrate its first national Single Parent Day on May 9th. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, “a single parent is somebody that needs to be celebrated because they do an outstanding job”.

Denmark:

The first Single Parent Day was held in Denmark on the 16th of June 2014. Since then, it has become an event with a focus on awareness-raising about children living with only one parent and their rights.

Bosnia & Herzegovina:

On the 24th of January 2017, Bosnia & Herzegovina’s presidency decided to proclaim national Single Parent Day as an official day off. The reason behind this decision was for kids to have more time with their parents who are raising them alone after war conflicts or due to other reasons.

Conclusion

So many countries around the world have already recognized the importance of single parent day for raising awareness among its citizens as well as their children. In fact, this is a great opportunity to show that those who are not privileged enough to live with both parents deserve respect and recognition too. On this special day let’s gather together to celebrate these brave people and let them know how much we appreciate everything they do.

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