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Father’s Day (18th of June)

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Father’s Day is a global celebration observed to acknowledge the immense contribution a father or a father figure has in the lives of his kids. Just like being a mother, being a father too is difficult and comes with a lot of responsibilities and thus, Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world with a focus on male parenting and the twists, turns and hardships a male often has to go through to make sure his children grow up the right way. There are different dates for the celebration of this day in the whole world, however, majority of the countries observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday in the month of June. Hence, this year in 2017, Father’s Day will be observed on the 18th of June in India as well as internationally in most parts of the world.

The day is not a public holiday but an international observance. In India, the celebration mainly happens in bigger cities in the country, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, etc. Smaller cities do have celebration but not as grand as the bigger ones. On this day, kids generally give gifts to their fathers, which include things like greeting cards, coffee mugs, electronic gadgets, or simply a memoir as a token of their love for their father and to show their gratitude for all the efforts fathers put to bring up their kids in the best way possible in the society.

Originally, it was after the observance of Mother’s Day came into being, that the concept of Father’s Day too followed suit, mainly to complement the celebration of Mother’s Day that acknowledges women who go through a lot of pain, sacrifice, and struggle to become a mother, and hence, an acknowledgment of males in the society too came in the form of Father’s Day to pay respect to male parents or father like figures who contribute in bringing up kids.

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