by Aditi Yadav
Father’s day is celebrated across the country on every 3rd Sunday of the month of June. It is held on various days in many parts of the world all throughout the year, often in the months of March, May and June. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. It was first time celebrated in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. The day is particularly celebrated to honour fathers and fatherhood. It is celebrated to acknowledge and recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by fathers for their children. In India, it was in 1913 when the first bill was introduced in Congress, suggesting that Father’s Day should be considered to be a national holiday. The bill was however passed only in 1972 declaring Father’s Day a national holiday on the third Sunday in June.
Fathers hold a very special place in a child’s life. This place is mostly different than the other parent, which is, a mother. A father engages in the growth and development of his child from their birth and continues to take care of them for their entire lives. A father manages to take responsibility for the whole family when the mother gets pregnant and takes care of her throughout the phase. We have heard stories of fathers getting emotional during the birth of their children and making promises to make their lives happy and fulfilling those promises without any complaints or demands.
Indian culture has always believed in family values and fathers have always been respected for giving their children a desirable and worthy life.
No doubt a mother sacrifices her sleep, her comfort and her peace for her child, but we at time miss to recognize the equal efforts made by the fathers as well.
Every child has a very special bond with their father. Fathers just let you be yourself. They are the best friends any person could ever get. They work so hard for day and night just to make sure that they can fulfil all the desires of their child. They make numerous efforts to earn enough to be able to give their children the food that they wish to have. They make sure that their children feel special and loved each day of their lives.
Though in India, this day isn’t celebrated as a proper holiday, children make sure that their fathers feel special on at least this one day of the whole year. We see small children making cards and sketches of their fathers, some try to bake cakes and celebrate the day just as a birthday. Every family has a unique way of celebrating the day.
This year India is celebrating the special day on the 21st of June. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, children and families plan on to do little things to make the day memorable for all the fathers.
If we actually look at stories of sacrifices that fathers have made for their children, we are sure it would get the majority of us emotional. Fathers love their children in a way that nobody can. They see that their children are not suffering from any kind of pain or misery. They bring lights in the lives of their children. This light shines bright for a lifetime.
The loss of a father is the most heart-breaking loss anyone could ever encounter. Losing a father means losing the light of life. The sacrifices made by a father aren’t acknowledged much. That is why this one day is taken out of the whole year to pay tribute to all the fathers in the world.
Though it is not fair to have just one day in the recognition of a father’s sacrifices and love, separating it solely for them is a very small contribution one can make for making their fathers feel a little special. Apart from this, we must make sure that we give everything that our fathers deserve in some way or the other. The most precious gift that we can give them is our time. Fathers do not demand much from their children, but a little time from their busy lives to have a good talk about the day is little that one can do. The memories one has with his or her father are memories of a lifetime. Those memories can never be replaced by the memories of any other person, thing or dream. Behind every dream is a father who has sacrificed his time, sweat and blood to make sure that his child fulfils that dream and get the happiness they deserve. Let us make sure that we bring a smile on our fathers face every day and promise to give them all the love that they deserve.
Thanks to Daiga Ellaby for making this photo available freely on Unsplash.