To the President of the Parliament
The president of the European Parliament and the President of the European
And to the coordination of family program of the united States
«If you want to make a child happy,
give them a sibling.
If you want to make a child very
happy, give them lots of siblings».
Life is built around affections, events, discovering, commitments, ideas, and
so many other things.
Dates, anniversaries, memories are marked out on the calendar. That´s why it
stands out as special days to celebrate what is most important.
Our siblings are our closest friends. We grow up with them, in the family; we
share a web of experiences and complicity. What we live among siblings is unique,
unrepeatable and shapes our lives forever.
That is why it becomes so important to have a day dedicated to siblings and
the relationships between siblings.
We propose the establishment of a Siblings Day. Whether in the family or
socially, this is the way to keep this day always present, strengthening and
celebrating the importance of what happens between siblings:
Growing up together.
To be identical and different.
Mutual aid, cooperation and division of tasks.
Joy and sadness.
The good and bad emotions.
Stories, roots and memory.
Whoever knows the happiness of having siblings, knows the meaning of
The recently deceased founder and president of APFN - Portuguese Association
of Large Families and also founder and president of ELFAC - European Large
Families Confederation is the author of a phrase that marks the celebration and
spirit of this initiative: «If you want to make a child happy, give them a
sibling. If you want to make a child very happy, give them lots of siblings.»
The world we live in seems to forget or underestimate this truth. The
institution of a Siblings Day would point out how happy we can be: to be
brothers and sisters.
We suggest the 31st of May to be the Siblings day
A Siblings Day is a family celebration per excellence – it is a warm family
celebration in its horizontality and, in the exact sense of the word,
brotherhood. The month of May already highlights some family celebrations such
as Mother's Day (in Portugal, on the 1st Sunday of May) and the International
Family Day , declared and established on May 15 by a resolution of the General
Assembly of the United Nations in 1992.
Closing the month, on May 31, with a Siblings Day would top off the month,
celebrating one of the strongest relationships and family support systems.
On the other hand, June 1, is celebrated in many countries , such as
Portugal, as the World Children’s Day. The celebration of Siblings Day on the
eve of World Children’s Day provides, by coincidence, a very happy and inspiring
sequence, shining the light of the motto:
«If you want to make a child happy, give them a sibling. If you want to
make a child very happy, give them lots of siblings».
It’s like, collectively, on the eve of World Children’s day, we point out the
happiness of having siblings or in the future possibly more brothers and sisters.
We propose May 31 for Siblings Day.
In addition to the social value of the celebration of brotherhood and family
solidarity, that date has a civic added value in both Portugal and Europe where
the society and citizens are more and more aware of the crisis and the birth
Thus, subscribers of this petition appeal to deliberate the following:
IT STATES THE CELEBRATION OF SIBLINGS DAY, ANNUALLY ON MAY 31st