Father’s Day is a day to acknowledge the contribution of a father in a family. It has been truly said, “ One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” While it is true that the mother goes through the physical discomfort of bearing a child, a father bears the child in his heart and mind from the day it is conceived. While no specific day is required to acknowledge the contributions made by a father, a singular day earmarked for this purpose does help in bringing families together; as in the present world of nuclear families, grown up children mostly stay away from parents.
History of Father’s Day
Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year.
- A customary day designated for the celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe as Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages, and was earmarked on 19 March as the feast day of Saint Joseph (Who is the nourisher and putative father of Jesus).
- The celebration was brought to America by the Spanish and the Portuguese.
- In fact, Father’s Day was celebrated only in Catholic traditions in the US until the 20th century.
- In the 20th century, it was inaugurated as a civic celebration to compliment the Mother’s Day celebrations as well as to celebrate male parenting.
- In India, Father’s Day started being celebrate in the early 90s with the advent of greeting card shops like Archie’s. Now, with the influence of the social media, Father’s Day has indeed become a very big affair.
- As per Western celebration of Father’s Day, red roses are for living fathers and white roses are for the deceased.
We all have heard of motherhood time and again. But in all this there is also a man, standing in the background; without whom the very life of a child would not have been possible. This is the man who is, in most cases, planning to secure the future of his children, not from the day that they are born, but from the very day the child is conceived. It is only right that these men are celebrated at least on one day every year.
Did You Know?
- According to Indian tradition, not only the fathers, but the forefathers too are remembered at the dawn of each day, when the children pay their obeisance in front of the Sun. It is a gesture to be thankful and grateful to the centuries of consistent effort towards talent, skill, mind and physical abilities through the structured DNA thus formed.