Cleveland is weird. More evidence of this is in Sweetest Day, which is celebrated today throughout the Great Lakes region and originated in the city.
Apparently, on Sweetest Day, your supposed to give chocolate to the homeless. Seems really productive.
(Oh yeah that Garfield GIF is awesome, I know.)
The holiday was begun in 1922 by a regular citizen, Herbert Birch Kingston, who wanted to do something nice for the city’s less fortunate residents. He gathered up pounds of chocolates and, with the aid of film stars Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, delivered boxes of candy to Cleveland area newsboys, orphanages, and hospitals. Via About.com
OK, so that seems.. again, odd. Why not give them, oh I don’t know, a room for the night or something?
Seriously, though, Sweetest Day does have some historically interesting .. history.
On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a “movement throughout the candy industry” to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and St. Valentine’s Day
It didn’t quite catch on nationally, however, the holiday is still going strong in the Ohio region of the country. LeBron James’ stomping grounds. He’s so sweet!
Sweetest Day now largely involves the woman giving small presents such as greeting cards, candy,or flowers to her man. Making breakfast for her man is an accepted way to start the day in the south, especially in Texas. While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine’s Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistentallegations of being a “Hallmark holiday.”
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