Father’s Day – The Origins, The Traditions and The quotes From All Around The World
There’s a quote from an unknown author that says “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad!”
With that quote, I’m starting my post about the anniversary of father’s around the world.
This great day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, this year it was June 18th.
Putting your feelings into words is not always easy, especially when it comes to confessing them to our fathers. With our mothers is always easier (for some reason). But when it comes to our Dads, it’s not so easy anymore.
Well, let me tell you something. A simple but meaningful gift and something wrote or said from the heart is enough. Let your parents know you love them not just on special occasions, but daily.
Let’s face it, we always hear so much about the great love mothers have for their babies. that we tend to forget the other equally important part in a child’s life – the father.
Today, we encourage them to get involved more in the life of their babies from a really young age. Seeing a dad taking care of his baby is just simply beautiful and amazing.
Because that is exactly what an amazing man does – he parents.
History and Origins:
Now, the exact origins of this celebrations are a little bit confusing. We know for sure that the movement for this type of a day actually began 100 years ago.
Some believe that Sonora Dodd, in Washington, came up with the idea after she started to wonder why fathers didn’t have a day of their own, only mothers have. She was raised by her single father after her mother died when she was still a baby. Her father was an American Civil War veteran – William Jackson Smart. So she did campaign until she got this day official.
Others think that Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia is the one that came up with the idea of Father’s Day when she suggested that people should have this kind of day, back in 1908.
She came up with this idea after a mine exploded near West Virginia and killed more than 160 men. She thought kids and wives should have a day to remember their fathers.
Well, that’s just history. Because of today, the day exists only to remind us that dads are great.
How they celebrate Father’s Day around the world?
Well, we’re talking about men. So beer and meat call for a celebration, right?
Sounds about right, because, in almost every corner of the world, dads are celebrated in a similar way. Which is whipping up a special mean for him or going out to eat at his favorite restaurants. Dad might get a few presents and kids might come home with some cards made out of paper to show their appreciation for their dads.
But many countries developed their own way of celebrating fathers on this day. So, let’s see how they celebrate this day all around the world:
Many schools and cultural societies in UK, Ireland, Australia, the US, South Africa throw parties and celebration, providing people to get together and to celebrate this important day. With that, they remind people the importance of the father’s in our society.
Germany has a unique way of celebration. There, this day is called Men’s day or Gentlemen’s Day. How they bond on a day like this? By drinking beer or wine and by pulling a wagon around town or around the forest.
While in Nepal, things are pretty serious. This day honors also recently deceased fathers. The ones still alive receive gifts from their sons and daughters. And they get the chance to look them right in the eyes during ceremonies.
In the Netherlands, this tradition involves some pampering dads with breakfast in bed and a sweet family dinner.
In Russia, this day is called Defender of the Fatherland, a tradition from the former USSR. Parades and other celebrations of veterans are happening, with gifts and reminders of family love.
El Dia del Padre is celebrated in Mexico on this day, when childer will honor their dads by spending time doing father’s favorite activities, handing homemade letters or cooking delicious meals. What’s unique in Mexico is the walk in the 21-kilometer race in Mexico City – the “Carrera Dia del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan”
La Fête des Pères in celebrated in France on 18th June, a tradition that gained lots of popularity lately and attracts advertising and marketing campaigns and small gifts. The kids spend their day showing their dads how much they love him.
In China, they use to celebrate Father’s Day on August 8 ( because of the date 8/8 is pronounced as “ba ba” in Mandarin, which sounds similar to the word father). But lately, they come to celebrate it in June. And they have celebrations like in the Eastern parts with gifts and going out to dinner.
In Romania and India, the celebration of the Father’s Day is new. So here, Father’s Day is much more popular in urban areas, where picnics are a popular way to celebrate or going out and have dinner.
Cute Quotes for Father’s Day:
I found 10 cute quotes to describe fatherly feelings and emotions. Quotes from Daughter to father, saying from son to dad, quotes from family for dad, here they are:
1 – “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society”. – Billy Graham
2 – “On this special day of love, remember that your Father loves you more than you could ever imagine…no matter what you’ve done or haven’t done. No box of candy or flowers can compare to this kind of agape love!” – Joyce Meyer
3 – “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud
4 -“He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector.” – Tom Wolfe
5 – “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown
6 – “My father had taught me – mostly by example – that if a man wanted to be in charge of his life, he had to be in charge of his problems.” —Stephen King
7 – “He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector.” – Tom Wolfe
8 – “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me”. – Jim Valvano
9 – “When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Dave Attell
10 – “Dad – a son’s first Hero. A daughter’s first love.” – Unknown
Remember to cherish, love and appreciate your father and your mother all the time, not on special occasions.