Saturday, October 19, 2013

Northeast Ohio’s Signature Holiday

Happy Sweetest Day!- Although it has grabbed a bad reputation over the years- labeled as a candy-industry creation, or Hallmark Holiday - it’s early start is nothing to forget.

The very first Sweetest Day was in Cleveland in the early 1920’s-  A committee planned the first Sweetest Day and distributed candy and treats to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in an effort to do something kind for those less fortunate.  Several big ticket movie stars assisted in handing out the treats, and the rest is history!

Today we view Sweetest Day as a secondary, love-related holiday in comparison to Valentine’s day.  Predominantly celebrated in Cleveland and Detroit, although the tradition did catch on in a few other places throughout the US.

It is quite possible that if you visit other parts of the country and mention this October holiday, people may have no idea what you are talking about!  However if you have recently moved to Northeast Ohio, you better be prepared to participate!

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