I know this isn’t an all-inclusive holiday (in fact, it’s only really celebrated in the Midwestern and Northeastern U.S.), but I’m still going to wish you all a Happy Sweetest Day. Getting a second Valentine’s Day is pretty neat! Then again, celebrating love (of all kinds) should be a daily sort of thing, don’t you think? The “sweetest” day should be every day! 🙂 But today is a good excuse for me to eat a piece of candy or two (I’m usually not one to eat sweets unless it comes naturally from an organic apple, pear, or strawberry… I’m a bit of a health nut, what can I say?) 😀
♥ ♥ ♥
According to the good old Wikipedia, “Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated on the third Saturday in October. It is a day to bestow romantic deeds or expressions. 11 states and parts of two states observe Sweetest Day: Illinois, Indiana,Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and areas of both New York and Pennsylvania west of the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.
The first Sweetest Day was pronounced as October 8, 1921 in Cleveland. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s October 8, 1922 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker Adam Olis. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.”