Fathers, around the globe, are perceived in different manners throughout the time. On some parts of the globe, fathers are highly-regarded; but on some other parts, they are feared and distant. However, regardless how the culture and custom view fathers, it’s safe to say that they are hard-working men who deserve our love and affection.
For this reason, countries around the world celebrate annually Father’s Day. Although the commemoration is slightly less popular compared to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is getting increasingly popular.
Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is also celebrated on different dates around the world. Most countries, however, celebrate it on the third Sunday of June. This year, it’s celebrated on Jun 19. However, some other countries celebrate Father’s Day much later. Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, for example, celebrate it on second Sunday of November. Indonesia celebrates it on November 12 every year, while Thailand celebrates it on the same day as the birthday of King Bhumibol, December 5.
Different ways are also used to observe this special day. While Mother’s Day is associated to greeting cards, flowers, and baked goods; Father’s Day presents the opportunity for fathers around the world to be pampered by masculine gifts such as socks, ties, suits, electronics and tools. In Germany, Father’s Day is also known as Vatertag, a day when a group of males, young or old, are involved in outdoor activities such as hiking and of course, getting drunk. In Thailand, Father’s Day is a huge event, with crowd flooding Sanam Luang, a massive park located in front of the palace, to hear the King’s speech while wearing yellow clothing. In Brazil and Canada, Father’s Day celebration is simple and hassle-free, limited to a simple small gathering and giving gifts. In Sri Lanka, schools celebrate Father’s Day but holding events to honor fathers. Though celebrated differently in many countries, Father’s Day is typically commemorated by giving gifts and for younger children, hand-made crafts.
Father’s Day observance has been a great chance for sons and daughters alike to show their gratitude and recognition for their fathers. Though the situation of every family may vary greatly, there’s no doubt that Father’s Day provides an opportunity for families to gather together and show their unending love and support to one another. It’s never wrong, nevertheless, to constantly show such spirit throughout the year. No matter what kind of family you grew up in, fathers are always the men we love dearly; and we’d like them to know it as well.