When Is National Boyfriend Day?

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National Boyfriend Day is an annual event that is celebrated each calendar year on October 3. National Boyfriend Day is a national holiday in the United States that was created to commemorate boyfriends. The history of the holiday's development is unknown, but National Boyfriend Day presents an opportunity for women and men to show their boyfriends that they care about them.

The day is an opportunity to take boyfriends out to dinner, play sports with them or get them a present to show affection and gratitude. National Boyfriend Day is often overshadowed by Valentine's Day, which is the biggest romantic holiday in the U.S. Valentine's Day is traditionally a holiday where couples show their mutual affection and appreciation for each other with gifts like chocolate, cards and jewelry. National Boyfriend Day joins a list of more than 1,500 holidays in the U.S.

Federal and National Holidays
In the U.S., holidays break down two general categories, which are federal holidays and national holidays. Federal holidays are established by the United States government to honor and commemorate important figures and events in the country's past. The U.S. has 10 federal holidays, which are Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, President's Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day and Christmas Day. Government businesses close on federal holidays as do many schools and businesses in the private sector.

In addition to the federal holidays, there are other significant holidays in the U.S. that people celebrate but that federal offices and schools do not close for. These include Mardi Gras, which takes places each year in February or March; Valentine's Day, which occurs annually on February 14; St. Patrick's Day, which falls on March 17 every year; and Halloween, which occurs annually on October 31. Christmas Eve occurs every year the day before Christmas and New Year's Eve comes on December 31 each year. Although they are not federal holidays, many businesses give their employees time off on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as well. Although businesses are not required to close for non-federal holidays, companies can set their own policies to give employees time off for days of personal importance. Businesses sometimes grant employees time off for significant religious holidays, such as Easter and Passover. Schools and colleges may also close in observance of religious national holidays. Many schools, from elementary schools to colleges and universities, often have what is called a Christmas break that begins before Christmas and ends after the New Year begins.

Examples of National Holidays
In addition to the major national holidays, many smaller holidays take place throughout the year. There are dedicated days throughout the calendar year that celebrate a variety of events, such as World Freedom Day, World Orphans Day, International Tongue Twister Day and Sesame Street Day. Some national days are established to raise awareness for certain health issues, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and leukemia. In addition to national days, there are dedicated weeks and months for various causes. Years can also have special designations. The year 2017, for example, is recognized as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.