Did You Celebrate National Ex-Spouse Day Yesterday?

April 15, 2015  |  

While most of us probably do our best to forget our exes, there’s a national holiday which requests that you do the exact opposite. Yeah, in case you did not get the memo, yesterday was National Ex-Spouse Day.

According to NationalDayCalender.com, the holiday, which was founded in 1987 by Reverend Ronald Coleman of Missouri, is observed annually on April 14—exactly two months after Valentine’s Day.

Apparently, you’re supposed to positively reflect on your former relationship and release anger and resentment. Buzz 60’s Patrick E. Jones says that it should also be a time that you should set aside to forgive your ex so that you can successfully move on.

The forgiveness and releasing anger part, I get; however, I would think that this goes without saying for people who desire to maintain emotional and mental wellness. At the same time, I’d have to say that I’m definitely not interested in taking a day out of the year to reflect on or recognize one of my ex-boyfriends.

Apparently, “For Better or For Worse” actor Michael Jai White was in the right mode. Earlier this week, the divorcee penned an open letter of apology to his ex-wife and ex-girlfriends, which triggered plenty of backlash.

Perhaps the silver lining in all of this is that it appears that divorce rates are no longer surging through the roof. The New York Times explains:

The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since.

About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those in which a spouse died), up from about 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s. Those who married in the 2000s are so far divorcing at even lower rates. If current trends continue, nearly two-thirds of marriages will never involve a divorce, according to data from Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist.


Of college-educated people who married in the early 2000s, only about 11 percent divorced by their seventh anniversary, the last year for which data is available. Among people without college degrees, 17 percent were divorced, according to Mr. Wolfers.

That’s encouraging, right? Anyway, did you celebrate National Ex-Spouse Day and if so, how?

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