Brother’s Day

Brother’s Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors brotherly love. Brothers share a special bond that’s hard to encapsulate in words. Of course, this holiday isn’t just for biological brothers; it can also be celebrated by brothers-in-law or by friends who consider each other brothers.

After all, it’s the bond between two males that is celebrated on this holiday, and how this bond can last a lifetime. It’s a day that is celebrated annually on May 24th.

The History of Brother’s Day

Although there are many different origin stories for how this day became a holiday, the founder of Brother’s Day is C. Daniel Rhodes. It was founded and registered in “Chase’s Calendar of Events” in 2001. It’s a holiday that quickly gained notoriety and is now celebrated not only in the U.S. but also worldwide.

Facts About Brothers

As we researched the origins of National Brother’s Day, we uncovered a number of interesting facts about brothers—facts that we would like everyone to take a moment to read before, during, or after they begin celebrating this holiday.

Brothers Make Each Other Fitter

Several studies over the past few years have demonstrated just how brothers keep one another on their toes—and therefore, make each other fitter. According to these studies, brothers who live in the same household are 14% less likely to be obese than brothers who live apart.

Brothers Can Also Be Bad Influences on One Another

Research from Wichita State University has uncovered a fact about brothers that many of us already know: older brothers can be bad influences on younger brothers.

According to this study, younger brothers are more likely to dabble in risky behavior such as drinking, doing drugs, or participating in premarital sex if the older brother is already engaged in those activities.

Families With Lots of Brothers Might Be More Fertile

Another surprising fact that we uncovered during our research is that families with a lot of males tend to be more fertile. This information comes from a University of Sheffield paper that shows that the more brothers a man has, the greater his fertility and the faster his sperm swims. As a result, families with the highest fertility rates are the ones that are more likely to have more boys than girls.

Fighting With Your Brother

Studies show that brothers between the ages of 3 and 7 years old are involved in fights approximately 3.5 times every hour. For parents, that can make dealing with a pair of male toddlers an absolute handful.

Celebrating Brother’s Day

The best way for anyone to celebrate Brother’s Day is by spending some time with their brother. It doesn’t matter if that’s a biological brother or someone who is symbolically your brother. All that matters is that you spend the day bonding with your brother. And while you’re celebrating this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #BrothersDay to let everyone know that you’re hanging with your bro today and to not disturb you.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 24 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 24 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 24 Wednesday
Relationships & Family