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Grandparents Day 2017: a sustainable success in Europe


On Sunday October 1st, Grandparents Day was celebrated in the Netherlands. Grandparents Day is a special holiday that allows generations to meet and learn from each other and honours grandmas and granddads.

Grandparents Day is all about sustainability. On the one hand, in the sense of the vital importance of long-lasting relationships. Creating and maintaining a social network in time prevents loneliness later in life. The relationship between grandparent and grandchild can play an important role here.

On the other hand, we all have a duty to pass a healthy, prosperous earth on to the future generations. Grandmas and granddads love to share their knowledge of flowers, plants and nature with the younger generation.

Activities around Grandparents Day

In Italy, workshops with flowers and plants were organised in Milan, while in Rome grandparents planted flower bulbs together with their grandchildren in the gardens of ‘Viale Tiziano’.

In the Netherlands, flowers and plants workshops were held in various cities, like Amersfoort, Deventer, Apeldoorn, Noordwijk and regions Epe and Groningen.

Grandparents who live in nursing homes received a perfumed rose from their grandchildren and a sustainably produced orchid plant, to grow together.

Cover image: Grandchildren and grandparents plant flower bulbs in Rome’s Viale Tiziano gardens. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Holy See) on the left, Charles Lansdorp (Felini foundation) on the right.


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