Also known as
National Cousins Day
annually on July 24th
You may remember spending time at the home of aunts, uncles, or grandparents when you were young. It probably would have been a lot less fun there if it hadn't been for one group of people who were also often there: your cousins! Cousins Day is "a day to celebrate, honor and appreciate our cousins." Cousins share a common ancestor or ancestors and are separated by at least two generations from these common ancestors. When someone mentions a cousin, they are usually referring to someone who is their first cousin, who are cousins whose most recent common ancestor is two generations away: a grandparent. Cousins can be defined by "degrees," such as being second cousins, and by "removals," such as being first cousins once removed. It can sometimes be difficult to remember how cousins are related, but luckily, various charts exist that explain it. Today we celebrate all cousins, whether they be first cousins or third cousins twice removed!
How to Observe Cousins Day
Celebrate the day by spending time with your cousins! Perhaps you have one or two who you are close to that you could meet up with. Maybe you have many cousins and don't know them too well. In that case, you could use the day to get to know them more. If you can't meet up with a cousin today, you could call them or write them a letter. If you don't know who your more distant cousins are, today is a great day to try to find out who they are and then perhaps reach out to them.