March 15th - International Breakup Day

March 15th is the day on which the most couples break up (according to statistics gathered from Facebook relationship status updates).

What happens is after Valentines there is a sudden increase in breakups, culminating at a peak on March 15th - 29 days after Valentines.

Basically if one or both people screw up on Valentines the couple has 1 month to try to fix the situation otherwise many less-than-serious couples break up.

If they manage to make it to St Patricks Day (March 17th) then maybe all has been forgiven.

Another high point for breakups during the year is two weeks before Christmas - presumably so you don't have to get them a present, but it is beaten by a fair margin by the post Valentines breakups which skyrocket after Valentines and peak on March 15th.

I therefore declare March 15th to be "International Breakup Day".

Please feel free to breakup on that day - and be specific about it: "You messed up Valentines and I can't forgive you for ruining my fanciful and unrealistic expectations."

Because seriously, breakups 2 weeks before Christmas and 1 month after Valentines are evidently the result of unrealistic expectations and selfishness. So you might as well admit to it.

"I am breaking up with you because on Valentines you didn't get reservations."

"I am breaking up with you because you didn't spend enough money on Valentines Day."

"I am breaking up with you because I have unrealistc expectations of romantic gestures."


In the USA, Budweiser promotes June 2nd as National Breakup Day. According to Yahoo! Inc. however it is January 11th. According to Virgin Mobile it is February 13th (the day before Valentines)... Another source says it is April 9th.

But none of these have any statistics to back up their declarations. Thus March 15th makes much more sense, especially since Budweiser, Yahoo and Virgin Mobile are brands - but Valentines is celebrated internationally, even in non Christian countries.

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