Grandparents’ Day on October 2nd? No, the fourth Sunday in July. Pope Francis announced it yesterday. The pontiff has decided to dedicate to grandparents and the elderly, from July 2021, a day celebrated worldwide, taking its cue from the Catholic feast “Presentation of Jesus in the Temple” of February 2, the day of Candlemas. On the occasion of the latter, according to Catholic tradition, two elders, Simeon and Anna, who, “enlightened by the Holy Spirit, recognized Jesus as the Messiah”.
Over the past year, the pandemic has put both young and old to the test. But above all it has affected the elderly, who have been isolated for a long time, far from the most loved ones, for fear of contracting the Covid-19 virus.
Pope Francis has therefore decided for this reason to fix one important date to celebrate them, establishing the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly on the fourth Sunday of July.
This is because the bond between grandparents and young people is very close and that there must always be dialogue. Pope Francis also stated:
«It is important that grandparents meet their grandchildren and that grandchildren meet with grandparents, because grandparents will dream in front of their grandchildren, they will have illusion and young people, taking strength from their grandparents, will go forward, prophesy. And on 2 February is the feast of the meeting of grandparents with grandchildren ».
October 2: the feast of grandparents
Traditionally, 2 October is the date on which the Catholic Church celebrates the Guardian angels, who, just like grandparents, protect and look after children. And on this date the grandparents and grandmothers of Italy are celebrated. This celebration was established since Italian parliament in 2005 and it has become an opportunity for discussion and analysis of the increasingly important role that these figures play for today’s society and for individual families.