On Sunday, the world will celebrate Father’s Day– a day when we honour fathers, celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds and the contribution of fathers to the society. It is celebrated every year on 3rd Sunday of June, and this year it falls on June 14. While we all know the popular holiday of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is equally important but lesser known.
From being the strict father who disciplined us and instilled us with values for lives, to the sweetheart who would listen to our silliest problems with utmost attention, daddies have a special place in our lives and are often the unsung heroes. Dads are often known as our first inspiration, our own superhero without a cape and Father’s Day gives us the perfect occasion to celebrate and honour the sacrifices that he has made for our betterment.
Father’s Day 2018: History and Origin
While the celebration of Father’s Day dates back to middle ages brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, the Europe and US observance of Father’s Day began only in the 20th century, which is the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June.
The first observance of Father’s Day was held on June 19, 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. The idea to celebrate Father’s Day was initiated by Ms Sonora Dodd. Sonara’s father the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children. After hearing a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909, Dodd thought that there should also be a corresponding day to honour fathers.
Father’s Day celebration spread around the world on the United States Date but it took a lot of time for this day to be as important as Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. In fact, the first attempt to celebrate father’s day was actually turned down by the majority of people and it took a few years for the trend to catch on and spread beyond geographical boundaries.
Father’s Day 2018: Significance
If mothers’ are known as the birth givers, fathers are the support system who were not really appreciated for an extended period. The commemoration of Father’s Day honours the unsung heroes who have always been there are as pillars of confidence and give us a shoulder to cry on at the time of need.
Father’s Day marks the celebration of the idols in our life who have played a huge role in disciplining us, giving us ethics, and guidance at every point possible. From the struggle faced to make this holiday a norm to the idea of celebrating male parenting as much as female parenting, this day has a lot of significance and is extremely special.
India.com wishes every dad a very Happy Father’s Day!