Origin and Significance of Fathers’ Day Celebrations
You do remember that Tomorrow is Fathers’ Day, right?
Well, Fathers day is considered as a day to acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and societies atlarge.
The idea of celebrating Father’s Day was given by Ms Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane, in the US.
Sonora’s father Henry Jackson Smart single-handedly raised her and five siblings after their mother died during childbirth.
When Sonora attended a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909, she thought that if there is the day to honor mothers then there should also be another to honor fathers. She then worked tirelessly to make it a reality.
In 1924 ,President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father’s Day.
In view of the enormous popularity, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of the day to be held every third Sunday of June.
Over the years, the concept spread and today, millions of children across the world express gratitude for their dads as they celebrate Father’s Day.
Significance of Father’s Day Celebrations
Father’s Day festival give us the opportunity to express thanks to our Daddy for all their unconditional love and affection. Observance of Father’s Day makes fathers feel that their contributions are acknowledged in the society and also by their children. They feel proud of themselves ! Besides by celebrating Father’s Day, children come closer to their father. For, most often children take love of their parents for granted. Celebration of Father’s Day makes them ponder for a while on the important role their father play in their life. This helps them appreciate the selfless care and protection provided by their father and hence they come emotionally closer to their dad.
Significance of Fathers in our Lives
Many people laughed at Sonora Dodd when she gave the concept of having a Father’s Day, as traditionally, only mother is regarded as the sole nurturer of a child. The role of father is often relegated to a secondary status as compared to a mother. But all of us know that father is just as important for a child as the mother is. If mothers are the heroes of child rearing, significance of father in the development and emotional well being of a child is no less. Children depend on their father for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well being. For daughters, father is the ideal man in the world and also the first man they adore, while for sons, father is an idol and the strongest man they aspire to emulate.
Though traditionally,a father is seen more as a provider and guide for children, the scenario appears significantly changed in nuclear family culture of today. With most husband and wife working, fathers in present times are as involved in child rearing job as the mothers are. Today, most fathers do not shy away from changing nappy or taking the difficult task for putting the baby to sleep. This cultural change is helping in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in emotional development of a child and building of stronger family bonds.