WHAT IS NATIONAL BOYFRIEND DAY?
National Boyfriend Day is celebrated on October 3rd and is the day to show appreciation to the male companion you are sharing a romantic relationship with.
THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL BOYFRIEND DAY:
The creator of National Boyfriend Day remains unknown and shows up in a Google search is first celebrated in 2011.
The term boyfriend refers to any age male in a relationship from 6 years old to 106 years young. Some people may refer to their boyfriend as “significant other”, “companion” or “partner”. Some playful terms for boyfriend can be beau, honey, lover, old man, sweetheart, baby, male suitor, and darling.
The word “boy” comes from Middle English “boi” which means boy, servant. Some boyfriends may feel like they are servants. Whether it is holding all of their partner’s bags, rubbing their partner’s feet, or even being their partner’s personal photographer while they try to get the perfect shot for their social media posts. Even though the term servant has a negative connotation, being a servant is not necessarily a bad thing. As Plato once said: “He who is not a good servant will not be a good master”.
Urban Dictionary defines the term boyfriend day as a day to chill at home because of inclement weather. In this instance, the word “boyfriend” is a substitute for the word “lazy”. For maximum comfort, sweatshirts and sweatpants are a cozy, sensible choice of clothing for this lazy day. This day can be celebrated with anyone, not just boyfriends, but with girlfriends, family, and pets.
HOW TO CELEBRATE:
For most, National Boyfriend Day doesn’t need to be as complicated as Valentine’s Day. A simple recognition that your male counterpart is a special part of your life will do. One can celebrate by cooking his favorite meal, letting him watch his favorite, snooze-inducing shows (shout-out to Cosmos), letting him choose the film if you go to the movies, or even wearing his favorite outfit. If the man in your life likes cards or flowers, that works too. National Boyfriend Day is different from Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day in that it is not a celebration of the romantic, lovey-dovey side of your relationship, rather showing appreciation to the guy who kills all the spiders, changes the light bulbs, hopefully still opens the door for you and is just a solid, dependable rock in your life. Use the hashtag #NationalBoyfriendDay in social media posts.