The relationship between a child and a father is said to be the most beautiful relationship in the world. Father is the person who has been fulfilling our demands since our childhood days. He struggles a lot and works really hard to provide a happy and comfortable life for his children and the entire family.
Fathers are symbols of courage, strength, and compassion. We rely on them for all our needs, support, and advice. In our childhood, many times they scolded or slapped us for wrongdoings, and at that time we started assuming that our father doesn’t love us as we were not mature enough to understand the love and care behind that at that time.
But growing up, we realize that this is how much this person sacrifices for us so that we can live a good life and don’t have to struggle the way they did. Whatever the situation, he is always by his children’s side.
A father is someone who seems hard from the outside but is not so from within; in one word, he is an exceptional person in our lives, and hence fathers deserve to be celebrated, and Father’s Day provides the best opportunity to do so.
Happy Father’s Day 2023: Date
This day is celebrated to acknowledge and appreciate the role of fathers, who play a very important role in our families and society at large. Children look forward to this day and make their dads feel special with their gestures.
This day is held on various dates across the world, and different regions maintain their own traditions of honoring fatherhood. In Catholic countries in Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages.
In countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, and others, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month of June, and hence, in these countries, Father’s Day will be celebrated on June 19th this year.
Also, the day is recognized as a public holiday in Lithuania and some parts of Spain and was regarded as such in Italy until 1977. It is a national holiday in Estonia, Samoa, and equivalently in South Korea, where it is celebrated as Parents’ Day.
In Australia, Father’s Day is held on the first Sunday of September, and in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, on the second Sunday in November.
Happy Father’s Day: History & Significance
There are many stories regarding the inception of Father’s Day. Some attribute the first Father’s Day observance to the 1907 Monongah, West Virginia, mining disaster that killed 361 men, of whom 250 were fathers. This incident left more than a thousand children without a dad.
Grace Golden Clayton, whose father was killed in the tragedy, suggested a service of commemoration to the pastor of her local Methodist chapel. But it never really caught on as an annual observance.
Two years later, in May 1909, a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, decided to celebrate a day to honor her father, who raised her along with her five siblings after their mother passed away during childbirth.
The idea of celebrating Father’s Day came to Dodd’s mind when she was listening to a sermon in church about Mother’s Day. Religious groups and local authorities also agreed to that idea, and it even got a nod of approval from then-U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. Hence, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane.
Although observation of the holiday faded in the 1920s, over time, the idea of Father’s Day became popular and embraced across the nation. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observation of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June each year.
Happy Father’s Day 2023 Celebration
There are a lot of ways to celebrate the bond you have with your father, and Father’s Day provides you with the perfect opportunity to do so. You can plan a surprise trip for your family, gift a watch and clothes to your father, and if you are at home, you can also cook his favorite dish.
Keeping these things aside, the best you could ever give to your father is your time, love, and respect. Never take his love and sacrifice for granted; just respect all the hard work he has done to provide you with a comfortable life over the years. So this Father’s Day, give the most precious gift to your dad—your time—and enjoy each and every moment with him along with your family.