Father’s Day – Celebrating a Father’s Love

Father's Day - Celebrating a Father’s Love

Just like our mothers, fathers and father figures deserve recognition and love. A father’s importance can’t be denied. These special men can be real-life superheroes. They are always there for and ready to take on anything for their children, and they often work tirelessly to support the needs of their families. Father’s Day is celebrated every year to honor the contributions of these fathers and to recognize paternal love. It is the perfect time to show your Dad some love. So, this year look for some creative ways to honor the paternal figures in your life this year.father-carrying-daughter

The History of Father’s Day

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington, the USA, on June 19, 1910, by Sonora Smart Dodd. Although showing love and appreciation for our these special men should be a daily occurrence, Father’s Day is usually recognized on the 3rd Sunday of June. Sonora had heard about how Anna Jarvis had established Mother’s Day in honor of her mother. As a result, she told the pastor of her church that there should be something similar to celebrate fathers too. 

Today, families worldwide celebrate this important holiday, recognizing, and honoring the endless efforts, initiatives, and contributions of fathers and father figures. So, let’s look at some of the interesting ways people recognize fathers around the world.


Father’s Day Traditions and Celebrations Around the World

Celebrating Fathers in USA

Traditions in the USA often include spending quality time with Dad, including adult children who live away from home taking time to celebrate the day either in person or virtually. Because children want to express their affection for their Dads, they treat their fathers to breakfast in bed and special gifts like cards, flowers, chocolates, and neckties. As well, handmade gifts are often made in school. Typically, there are special Dad-centric events scheduled in most cities, so families across the USA often spend the day at different shows. 


Celebrating Fathers in Brazil

Families in Brazil celebrate Father’s Day each year on the second Sunday in August. Brazilians honor their Dads with huge feasts. During the feast of St. Joachim (the patron saint of fathers), people enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecues, boasting skewers of roasted beef, pork, chicken, and sausage. As well, children spend the day writing cards and letters with words of thanks to their dads. It is an important day to celebrate fathers.


Celebrating Fathers in Nepal

The natives of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal honor their fathers on the day of Gokarna Aunsi. On this day, it’s traditional to respect fathers that are no longer with their families. Father’s day celebrations in Nepal occur in late August and September, depending on the lunar calendar. To celebrate, Hindus go to the Shiva temple of Gokarnewor Mahadev, and Buddhists go to the Jan Bahal temple. So, the Father’s role in the family is considered quite sacred.


Celebrating Fathers in Japan

In Japan, Father’s Day is called Chichi No Hi. Flowers are an integral part of this day of honor, and popular gifts include flowers, and cards. Other gifts include alcohol and gourmet foods. Lunch or dinner is almost always a dish of crab or prawns. Personalized champagne, beer bottles, perfume, and sandals are also common gifts. 

Celebrating Fathers in Thailand

Thai families celebrate Father’s Day on December 5 each year to coincide with the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The ruling King typically gives a widely-broadcast speech, and children hand out Canna lilies to their fathers and grandfathers. The King is very much beloved by the Thai people and considered ‘The Father of the Nation.’ And because of this, traditional celebrations see everyone wearing yellow, the “official color” of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. 


Celebrating Fathers in Mexico

Father’s Day in Mexico has a strong emphasis on family values, so Mexican families celebrate this special holiday on the third Sunday on June. As such, preparing meals and gifts for dads and father figures is part of Mexico’s annual father’s day celebrations. As well, Mexicans celebrate the day with a city-wide, 21-kilometer race in Mexico City’s Bosque de Tlalpan, an open space used for hiking and jogging. 


Celebrating Fathers in Russia

Russia’s Father’s Day originated as a military celebration, eventually becoming a holiday dedicated to men. The holiday has military roots and is known as Defender of the Fatherland Day. Russian families celebrate annually each February 23rd with parades that many men participate in. It is important to Russian families to honor their father figures.


Celebrating Father’s Day in Canada

Father’s Day in Canada celebrates both biological and non-biological parents. As a result, many Canadians wish happy Father’s Day to several male figures, friends, and family who are loving, affectionate, or influential. With this in mind, many celebrations are centered around recognizing all of the paternal influences in a child’s life, including stepfathers, adoptive fathers, grandfathers, and other men who play an essential role in a child’s development.

Father’s Day is much more than a Hallmark holiday. It is a reminder of the important and sometimes overlooked role that dads play in their children’s lives. Moreover, it is a time to celebrate fathers everywhere. So, how can you celebrate your Dad this year? Look for creative and interesting ways to show your respect. However, it’s important to remember that the best give you can give your Dad is the gift of time.

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