Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there,
But, a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”
In the hour of need, when all else fails, we always remember one person upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us & that person is none other than a “FATHER”. A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.So, Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers, honoring fatherhood, paternal bonds and the role fathers play in society and to recognize their contribution in the lives of their children as they stand by them though thick and thin to help them achieve .
The third Sunday of June is celebrated as Father’s Day in most parts of the world (in countries like India, USA, UK, Japan, Ireland, Bangladesh, Pakistan and others) . Also, in India it’s being celebrated on June 21 for the year 2020.
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”
Traditionally, Father’s Day has been celebrated since the early 20th century. In 1908 , when a church in West Virginia held a sermon to honor 362 men who were killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion. This was the country’s first-ever event to strictly honor fathers. in the same year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd started her quest to establish Father’s day as a national holiday. Dodd was one of six raised by her single father (William Smart ) after her mother died and thought fathers should be honored the same way as mothers. After a year of petitioning her local community and government, finally it was first officially celebrated on June 19, 1910 and it was declared a national holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law. In many European countries, Father’s Day is observed on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day.
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
The importance of this day can’t be neglected or ignored at all. “ The Father” is like a superhero ,who is always ready to take on everyday troubles for his children. The significance of a father is beyond words as he is the person who works tirelessly to fulfill the requirements of his family. This day is largely a celebration. You can make it extra special for your father and/or father figure, by reminding them of how much they mean to you. Remembering their love and the sacrifices they have made for you, and giving them their due, in the form of love and respect, can be the simplest and the most heartfelt thing you can do on the day. In the past, fathers were considered to be secondary caregivers. However, important societal shifts have led to increased father involvement across a variety of familial settings.
“When you need real understanding, when you need someone to care, when you need someone to guide you… A father’s always there.”
Fathers play an important role in helping children understand emotions, learn crucial skills, such as how to interpret others’ emotions and how to regulate their own emotions. The children with a more positive relationship with their fathers had better self-esteem in elementary school & more reciprocal friendships. Fathers are important socialization agents in children’s lives. Also, fathers are more challenging than mothers when they talk to their child, thereby helping children develop their cognitive and language skills.
“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.
Fathers just have a way of putting everything together.”
On the day, people usually plan elaborate things like taking their dads to their favourite restaurants, for instance, or watching their favorite movie with them. This year, however, because of the pandemic COVID-19, there are many restrictions in place in different parts of the world. But, you can bring the celebration home. Sing for them, cook them their favorite meals, make them a card, or simply have a heart-to-heart conversation with them. Here are some ways to make his day one to remember:
Plan a virtual gathering : While nothing compares to seeing your dad in person, a virtual celebration is the best way to bring together those who are not in the same household during social distancing. By using video conferencing platforms such as Facebook, Houseparty, and Zoom, you can get a bit of intimacy despite physical distance.
Pay it forward : Consider finding an organization that’s taking on an issue your dad cares deeply about and making a donation in his honor. For example, if your father likes to help the needy, you may make donation towards different NGOs etc like Help Age India, Children help Fund, Girl Child Fund etc.
Enjoy a nice meal : If you can’t take Dad out to his favorite restaurant, bring their food to him! Order a delicious brunch, lunch, or dinner .If you enjoy cooking, create your own Father’s Day feast. Set the table nicely and bring it out to him to create a restaurant experience at home. Even if you’re not living with your dad, Video chat with him while you’re both eating to share a virtual meal! Do his daily chores for him.
Visit a park or go hiking if he loves the outdoors : If your dad is feeling cooped up, go with him to a local park or hit a nearby hiking or biking trail. You could even get together with some of his friends for an outdoor walk, zoo (for animal lovers) or a mini tour ,as long as you all maintain a safe distance from each other.
Sign him up for an online class if he enjoys learning new things: If your dad loves tinkering with hobbies and picking up new skills, an online class can be a great Father’s Day gift—especially while he’s stuck at home because of the coronavirus. For example, if your dad loves experimenting in the kitchen, you could sign him up for an online baking class. Or, if he’s more of an artistic type, look for a painting or sculpture course.
Have a movie or game night if he wants a cozy family celebration: Break out some fun board games or make popcorn and put on your dad’s favorite movie or TV series.
Camp out in the backyard for a fun and simple adventure : Make a bonfire and roast marshmallows or hotdogs, and sing songs or tell scary stories together. You can also pitch a tent in the yard and get cozy in sleeping bags, or set up some hammocks and do a little stargazing.
Ask him what he wants to do & Talk to your dad : In your daily life, it can be easy to miss out on spending quality time together. On Father’s Day, make it a point to spend time just talking about things.
Make a photo slideshow: Make a slideshow with lots of photos of your dad. It can be photos from when he was young; it can include photos of the whole family, photos of just you and him, and even funny photos.
Get or make your dad a card or Think of a creative gift
Plant a tree in his memory :Father’s Day can be particularly challenging for anyone mourning the death of their dad. Planting a tree is a great way to keep your loved one’s memory alive through a living tribute.
“He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something
mythical and infinitely important: a protector.”
Dads do a lot, from taking care of the house, picking the kids up from school or practice, to just being there to listen to your problems. Think about a time when your dad did something for you, and see how you can pay him back. It could be as simple as mowing the lawn. So, Don’t forget to acknowledge that it is his day. When you see him in the morning, yell, “Happy Father’s Day, Dad!” in a loud, happy voice. Don’t forget to hug him. Remember that just like mothers, fathers are important, too, and that they have made many sacrifices for you, which perhaps you may not even be aware of. Love them, cherish them and celebrate them !!!
“The day is thus a rare opportunity to formally recognize that dads truly matter by bestowing in their children the psychological gifts of confidence, self-esteem, sense of adventure, and sensible risk-taking.”
“The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have a dad like you. You have provided stability in my life and the love and acceptance ,I needed. There’s no possible way I could pay you back for all that you have done for me growing up, but I greatly appreciate all your hard work raising me. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you. Thanks Dad for setting an amazing example & high standards, on how a man should treat me”
Dr. Dimpy Gupta
Indus Hospitals (Mohali, Dera Bassi, Fatehgarh Sahib,Punjab)