By Beenish Mahmood

Although many of us celebrate Father’s Day, we may not know the real history behind this day and tradition. For kids, Father’s Day is a day to show appreciation for their father. For adults, it is a day to show appreciation of the hard work of their father and husband. 

THE HISTORY BEHIND FATHER’S DAY: 

Sonora Smart, a woman from Spokane, Washington, was the founder of Fathers day. She was one of the six children raised by her single father. Her mother had died while giving birth to the sixth child. Since Mother’s Day started being celebrated in 1908, Sonora wanted to have the same celebration for fathers. To promote her idea, she visited local churches and government officials to gain support for her idea. Due to her hard work, Father’s Day started being celebrated on June 19, 1910.  

 

REASONS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY: 

The celebration of Father’s Day reminds us about both the importance and the challenges of fatherhood. We celebrate this special day, for that special person in our lives who we call father, to thank him for all he does for his family. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in most countries, while some countries celebrate it on a different day. Fathers give their entire life in devotion to their children and family for their better future. He makes many sacrifices to make his children successful. All this dedication of a father should be valued and recognized by his children and by his wife and thus we celebrate this special day. The day is the day of showing respect to the one who has been the role model and the ideal person for his kids. Please don’t forget to appreciate your husband or father on this special day for all they deserve. 

 

WAYS TO CELEBRATE FATHERS DAY: 

Here are a few ideas to celebrate Father’s Day:

  • Take your dad to a movie: You can take your dad to a movie to watch together as a family, something that he would love to watch and enjoy.
  • Give dad a day off: Take over his responsibilities and let him rest. Take out the trash, and mow the lawn.
  • Make a donation in their name: If your dad has passed away, you can donate to causes that mattered to him the most.
  • Host an Outdoor Barbecue: In the warm sunny weather in June, an outdoor barbecue sounds like a great idea. With a variety of meat, the ideas are endless. Take out the grill and fire up some food in the garden for him.
  • Go out to eat: Take your dad for breakfast or lunch with a view. Maybe to one of his favourite places that he hadn’t had time to go for a long time.

 

Please show appreciation for all they do for us.

 

About the Author:

Beenish Mahmood is an Administrative professional with years of experience working with children with special needs. She also volunteers at Literacy South Halton tutoring adults with Down Syndrome and Learning Difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, travelling, and serving the community.