If you had a recent quarrel or disagreement with a friend or family member, you can “kiss and make up” on Kiss and Make Up Day.
Kiss and Make Up Day was founded in 1992 by Jacqueline Milgate from New York. She intended the holiday to be a scheduled day for people to make amends. “I thought that it would be a neat idea to have a day dedicated to making amends for relationships that need mending,” Milgate told HuffPost. “I come from an Italian family where there was a lot of discord!” She chose Kiss and Make Up Day to occur every Aug. 25, which is her birthday.
Ways to Celebrate Kiss and Make Up Day
There are many widely recognized symbols denoting peace and harmony. The olive branch and dove are perhaps the most common, their origins dating to ancient Greece and Rome. In Greek mythology, Athena wins control of Athens and Attica over Poseidon by planting an olive tree, a gift that wins favor with the Athenians. The Romans associated Pax, the goddess of peace, with the olive branch on imperial coins, and in Christian mythology, Noah’s dove returns to the ark with an olive branch in its mouth, denoting the end of the flood and peace with God. In modern usage, the olive branch, or extension of an olive branch, continues this association, signifying a peace offering.
Kiss and Make Up Day is a scheduled opportunity to extend the proverbial olive branch and repair relationships, becoming better connected with those who make our lives richer.
How Kiss and Make Up Day Unites People
Celebrate Kiss and Make Up Day by extending an “olive branch” to friends or family members whom you wish to mend your relationship with.
There are many possibilities for a potential peace offering.
pick up the phone and call
write a letter to the person you have quarreled with to alleviate past grievances
make a surprise visit
send a special gift such as an apology pie or cake
send a sentimental gift to an old forgotten friend such as a token of past memories
send a disgruntled family member something from his or her favorite store, perhaps a favorite box of candy for small grievances