Father’s Day is celebrated in the whole world with an aim to appreciate the very important role that fathers have in their children’s lives. On this day, people celebrate male parenting. The holiday is celebrated on different dates in different countries, but many countries, including the USA, the United Kingdom, and Canada, observe it on the third Sunday of June. In Brazil, people celebrate Father’s Day on the second Sunday of August, in Thailand on the 5th of December, in Australia on the first Sunday of September.
On this special day, people make everything to honor their father figures. Some prefer visiting their fathers, and others simply giving cards or different kinds of gifts, including delicacy, equipment, or clothing. As Father’s Day is not such an old holiday, all families have various traditions on celebrating it, starting with a phone call and ending with huge parties to honor the father figures in big families (fathers, fathers-in-law, step-fathers, grandfathers, and so on).
For example, in India, this holiday is a new one; however, people celebrate it the same ways as people do it in the USA and the UK, but not on such a big scale. People have a great awareness of Father’s Day in big towns and metropolitan cities due to the big impact of the western cultures in such cities.
In Mexico, families gather together on this holiday, prepare delicious dishes, and give presents to fathers.
In South African countries, most societies celebrate Father’s Day to accentuate the vital role of father figures in raising children.
In most countries, Father’s Day is not accepted as a federal holiday, excepting Thailand, as it is celebrated on the same date as the Birthday of the King, a public holiday in the country. In other countries, it is on Sunday and most public offices have a day off on this holiday and just some businesses are open. On Father’s Day, public transit systems run on schedule. If families want to have a dinner in the restaurant on this holiday, it is necessary to book in advance as restaurants are often busier than usually.
Most people suggest that the concept of this holiday originates from pagan sun worship. In paganism, Sun is considered to be the father of our universe. As the June solstice usually occurs on the same time as the holiday, some people think that there is an obvious link between these events.
First, the idea to set a special day to recognize and appreciate fathers emerged in the USA, where one woman was inspired by the Mother’s Day celebrations and planned a day to appreciate father figures as well. In the United States, Father’s Day is celebrated annually since 1910. Such celebrations in the UK and the rest of the world are inspired by an American custom.