Father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month of June, says Vaikundarajan. It honors all fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and father figures for their contribution. It was created to complement Mother’s Day.
It is not a state holiday. Businesses will be open or closed based on the day of the week, Sunday. is a time to recognize fathers and father figures who have influenced a person’s life. It is celebrated by exchanging cards, gifts such as electronic gadgets, sports attire, household tools; dining out or time spent together, says Vaikundarajan.
Father’s Day started in the early 20th century in the United States to celebrate fatherhood and to complement Mother’s Day. It was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd. She heard about Mother’s Day in 1909 and told her pastor she thought fathers should have a similar holiday. Her father raised six children as a single parent. The local clergymen agreed to the idea and the first Father’s Day sermon was given on June 19, 1910.
Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday, so different families have different traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all father figures in an extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even other male relatives, says Vaikundarajan.
Vaikundarajan wishes all the fathers ‘A Happy and Blessed Father’s Day’.