June 19– Mark this date in your calendar as it is going to be the Father’s Day. Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. The Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on different dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday of June.
Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?
The idea first originated in the USA in 1966 and since then it is celebrated there on the third Sunday of June.
Though the precise origins Father’s Day are uncertain, it is believed that there was a movement around 100 years ago for a day which celebrated fatherhood.
It is considered that Sonora Dodd of Washington, came up with the idea after hearing about the Mother’s Day sermon in 1910. Dodd thought that fathers too should have their own day. Dodd and her siblings were raised by their father as a single parent after the death of their mother in childbirth.
With the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane, a city near where she was born, Dodd began a campaign to have the day officially recognized. The first Father’s Day was held in Spokane in 1910.
Another theory suggests that it is Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, who should be credited with the idea of Father’s Day, after she suggested a day celebrating fatherhood in 1908. She put forward the idea after hearing about a mine explosion in a nearby town. In this explosion 360 men were killed. She argued that children in the town needed a time to remember their fathers.
Now, whatever be the cause, the day exists to remind all of us that dads are great!The imprint of the father, remains forever on the life of the child. - Roy Lessin Click To Tweet
When is Father’s Day celebrated?
The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the third Sunday of June. It is also observed on the same day in countries such as Argentina, Canada, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, and Venezuela. In Australia and New Zealand Father’s Day is on the first Sunday in September. In Thailand it is celebrated on December 5, which is the birthday of the country’s king. Brazilian dads are honored on the second Sunday of August.
In Germany it is called Vatertag (Father’s Day) but is also sometimes known as Männertag (or men’s day).
In China, Father’s Day used to be celebrated on 8th August as the Chinese for eight is “ba”, while a colloquial word for father is “ba-ba” – so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to “daddy”. But the day was later moved to the third Sunday of June, in line with the UK and US.
How is Father’s Day celebrated?
While in the UK fathers can expect, at best, a breakfast in bed and a handmade card elsewhere the festival is done in a little different way.
In Mexico Father’s Day is referred to as “Día del Padre”, where many families get together, enjoy meals and distribute gifts to fathers.
In South Africa, many social and cultural societies organize Father’s Day celebrations.
In some countries it is traditional for men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats.
Father’s Day in India relatively new but it is celebrated in same way as in the UK or the US.The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad! Click To Tweet
On Father’s Day children make a special effort for their fathers. Those who are staying away visit their fathers, while others give cards, flowers or other gifts, such as clothing or gadget. Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday, so there are different traditions associated with it. It ranges from a simple phone call to greeting card to large parties.
Father’s Day Gifts Ideas
Fathers are usually more lenient of the two parents. As we grow they even become our best friends. We all love them but what if we could add a little material with love this year?
1. For the Creative dad
Make him cards, yes all by yourself!
2. For Adventure enthusiast
If your dad loves adventure, why not gift him a trip.
3. For a Tech junkie Dad
Get him a laptop, a camera if he loves photography or a tablet, if he is into it. He will definitely love it.
4. For Dad who loves Vintage collection
If your dad loves to collect vintage liquor then gifting him one would be a perfect addition to his collection.
But don’t ask him to share it with you!
5. Does he love photography?
Make a short movie depicting your journey with him and just when the movie is about to end sneak him a new camera. This ought to strike a chord.
6. For a Golfer dad
Is he one of those dads who love golfing with his friends? Then clubs might be a perfect gift for him.
7. For the Executive dad
If corporate meetings and high-end parties takes most of his time then these might bring a big smile on his face.
On this special day cook some delicious cookies for him.
Also Read: Father’s Day: 9 hot gadgets for your dad
Best Father’s Day Quotes
Shower your loving dad with the most beautiful and heart touching quotes:
1) When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. – William Shakespeare
2) A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. – Enid Bagnold
3) I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. – Sigmund Freud
4) The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family. – Anonymous
5) It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. – Johann Schiller
6) The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother. – Anjaneth Garcia Untalan
7) Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. – Gloria Naylor
8) The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad! – Anonymous
9) My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Anonymous
10) I’ve had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started. – Bartrand Hubbard
11) I gave my father $100 and said, “Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.” So he went out and bought a present for my mother. – Anonymous
12) My dad, like any coach, has always stressed the fundamentals. He taught me responsibility, accountability, and the importance of hard work.- Steve Young
13) I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. – Hedy Lamarr
14) A man’s desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world. – Helen Rowland
15) The imprint of the father, remains forever on the life of the child. – Roy Lessin
For all the love and care,
for all the moments shared,
for all the joys you brought,
for all the things you taught,
You have always made me glad.
Happy Father’s Day!