Though Celebration of Life Day, which lands on January 22, was originally instituted to celebrate the children in our lives, it has come to signify all that’s good about being alive. It’s easy to forget sometimes, but we are fortunate to be here. Take time to celebrate that the good far outweighs the bad. It starts with gratitude and appreciation for where you are and where you hope your dreams take you. Every life is precious, individual, and a huge gift, so take a little extra time today to celebrate it.
History Of Celebration Of Life Day
Though Ronald Regan originally established the holiday to send an anti-abortion message, the Celebration of Life Day has come to be a day to celebrate both the lives of children and ourselves. Celebration of Life Day was originally called National Sanctity of Human Life Day and was proclaimed in January 1984 by Ronald Regan. At the time, President Regan chose to harken back to the landmark abortion case Roe v Wade by placing National Sanctity of Human Life Day on the 11th anniversary of the decision on the case.
Anti-abortion groups championed the holiday and felt it expressed their sentiments on the importance of human life at all stages. This belief has been echoed in Donald Trump’s statement on the Day in 2019. Organizations that champion the right to choose, like Planned Parenthood, denounced the Day as limiting women’s rights to autonomy over their bodies.
The history of National Sanctity of Human Life/Celebration of Life Day has been rocky. Though both Bush presidencies continued the holiday, it was discontinued for eight years under President Bill Clinton. Donald Trump has continued the holiday throughout his presidency, and some churches have even marked it as a holy day on their calendars. For this religious reason, the holiday routinely falls on a Sunday, although only in 2018 did Donald Trump proclaim it to be celebrated on a Monday.
Today, many view the Celebration of Life Day as a day to spend extra time with their nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren, or even just kids they babysit. Every human life is precious, and today is the Day to remind ourselves we are all lucky to be here and lead the lives we do. Despite our individual and group challenges, there is always good to be found and gratitude to be shown – and what better Day to find the positive than Celebration of Life Day?
Celebration Of Life Day Timeline
January 22, 2018
But on a Monday?
For the first time, Donald Trump proclaimed Celebration of Life Day on a Monday, but in 2019 it returned to falling on Sunday.
During his eight years in office, Bill Clinton discontinued the National Sanctity of Human life holiday.
January 13, 1984
Celebration of Life Proclaimed
Ronald Regan proclaimed that January 22 would be the National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
January 22, 1973
Roe v Wade
The landmark abortion case Roe v Wade wrapped up in 1973, a date that would be used 11 years later by Ronald Regan to mark the National Sanctity of Human Life holiday.
Celebration Of Life Day Faqs
Why are celebrations important in our life?
Celebrations are literally what National Today is all about. We think they are important because life can have its ups and downs, but if we continue to celebrate the things that are important to us, we continue to sample the things that make us happy.
Are there other National holidays honouring children?
Yes! Children’s Day falls on the second Sunday in June.
Where is the Celebration of Life Day observed?
The United States.
Are there any other holidays on January 22?
Yes! January 22 is also National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.
How To Observe The Celebration Of Life Day
Make a gratitude jar.
It’s important to keep remembering why life is so good after today ends, and a gratitude jar is a great tool! Write down 20 things you are grateful for in your life (your dog, the vacation you take every year to Mexico, your favourite cookie recipe) on folded slips of paper, and keep them in a cute mason jar. Next time life gets you down; your gratitude jar will pull you back into a celebratory mood.
Get outside and play!
What better way to appreciate your life than the sun shining on your face? Getting outside and playing with your children or pets is a fantastic way to boost your endorphins and appreciate our world. Nature is universally considered one of the most beautiful things in this life, so get out there and appreciate it!
Indulge in a childhood favourite
Treat. Yo. Self. Today’s the Day to celebrate children, so celebrate the child within you. We recommend getting ice cream, a childhood favourite! Try reconnecting with your younger self and getting in touch with who you’ve always been.