After the recently celebrated Mother’s Day, we of course, shouldn’t forget the fathers. We reflect on the invaluable role of fathers in the family’s development as well as their substantial contributions to the nation.
Celebrating Father’s Day on the Third Sunday of June
In the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and India, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June that’s why it is never a fixed date. In these countries, Father’s Day festival is celebrated by honoring the fathers through gift giving. The most common gifts fathers receive are chocolates, neckties, and flowers. Small children show their affection to their father by presenting them with handmade gifts like cards and letters. Traditionally, in Canada and the U.S., people wear roses to pay tribute to their father where a red rose means their father is alive while a white rose symbolizes a father who has passed away. In the present day, gift giving are becoming more extensive which includes electronic gadgets, shirts, and dinner dates.
Apart from giving tribute to their biological father, people in Canada and the U.S. also extend their greetings to their grandfather, foster father, uncles, or to anyone who they consider a father figure.
The people in South Africa on the other hand, express their love and affection to their father by going out to picnics, fishing, or dining out. Several social and cultural societies hold Father’s Day celebrations to pay tribute to the role of fathers in the society. Little children also give their father gifts like cards, flowers, neckties, or other things they might think their father would like to have.
Less than a decade ago, Father’s Day was welcomed in India brought about by the western countries. Although the celebration of Father’s Day is still new to the people of India, they have observed the occasion remarkably by giving gifts to fathers, going on family picnics and visiting movie theaters, and eating at restaurants. Cultural programs are also organized in India to encourage stronger bonds between the children and their father.
Celebrating Father’s Day on Different Dates
Unlike in the U.S. and several other countries, places like Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Fiji, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of September. But just like the other countries, Father’s Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm in honoring their father and paying tribute to fatherhood. They spend this day pampering their father and other father figures. On this special day, fathers receive gifts such as handmade or purchased cards, gift baskets with goodies, or gift vouchers. Other fathers are treated to a day out in the park, zoo, or movies. And some are treated to a meal in restaurants or cafes.
Father’s Day in Germany is celebrated simultaneously with Ascension Day and is celebrated somewhat differently from other countries. Germany’s Father’s Day, also called Mannertag and Herrentag or men’s day, is traditionally an occasion where groups of men pull wagons, filled with beer, into parks and drinking until they pass out. By no means limited to fathers, they are joined by non-fathers as well where they enjoy quality time with the guys. Alcohol consumption is a major part of the tradition.
In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on the King’s birthday. December 5 is the birthday of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. In the early times, Father’s Day was celebrated in Thailand by giving a Canna flower, considered a masculine flower, to their father or grandfather. At present, the people of Thailand show respect to their king by wearing yellow on Father’s day, the color of the day when the current king was born.