Mangalore: 15 June 2014 – Yes, it’s time again to commemorate Father’s Day–a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honour fathers, grandfathers and forefathers. Father’s Day is celebrated on various dates worldwide, which involves gift-giving, and special dinners to fathers and family-oriented activities. Usually Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June every year, and this year many countries, including India will celebrate Father’s Day on June 15. Fathers, in most families, are our special unsung heroes. They rarely ever get their fair share of adulation –so this Father’s Day be your way to spread the message of love and affection. Express your love in words and deeds, hold his hands or give him a hug, and say that you love him, care for him in tender and loving words. I bet this will make his eyes shine with happiness and pride.
?I think back to the day I drove Michelle and a newborn Malia home from the hospital nearly 13 years ago?crawling along, miles under the speed limit, feeling the weight of my daughter?s future resting in my hands. I think about the pledge I made to her that day: that I would give her what I never had?that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father. I knew that day that my own life wouldn?t count for much unless she had every opportunity in hers.? ?US President Barack Obama
The concept of celebrating Father’s Day is very new in India, started less than a decade ago after being imported from western countries, mainly United States. Observing a day in honor of fathers has been appreciated by millions of Indians today, by expressing gratitude for their father or men who are like father. Several schools and cultural societies in India organize various programs on this day. The idea behind such events is to inspire children to show love, respect and caring for their dad. In the same time fathers are also encouraged to spend some quality time with their kids and instill in them noble values and good manners. Father’s Day is a celebration of all the wonderful things that dads do. It’s a day to give thanks for their wisdom, principles, confidence, strength and unconditional love. It’s a day set aside to make sure dads know how much they are loved every day of the year.
Your father is the one you always turn for advice, quite encouragement and support. He is your guardian and a guide, someone that you can count on and to be always on your side. Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special person to be called dad. He is the one who helped you through your childhood fears and failures, and turned all that he could into successes and dreams. He is the person, whose devotion to his family is marked by gentle strength and guidance, and whose love of life, sense of direction, and down-to-earth wisdom is appreciated by his kith and kin. He is the one who will hold you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail.
It’s little things that make dads heroes–things not often seen, sacrifices made, while living out each day’s routine. The things he knows he must do, the "being there" when each day’s through, and the love that builds up trust between him and his family. There’s a certain kind of caring that dads express silently through kindness, generosity, and devotion…and this, with all its quite power, means far more than anything spoken loud. Dads need to be appreciated by one and all, for their love and sacrifices.
" It is easier for a father to have children than children to have a true and real father "–Pope John XXIII. Good guys make things happen and get things done with pride. Good guys make a difference in their quiet way and wisely wait to see what’s the best direction for their family. Good guys do the right thing, care and pray a lot, and go the distance to see their loved ones through. Good guys make great fathers! No doubt at all. Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure: Uncles, Stepfathers, Grandfathers, "Big Brothers", and adult male friends. So this Father’s Day take time to show your dads, and also to those who acted like your dad how much you appreciate them and what they have meant in your lives. For this kind of acknowledgement would be a greater gift than anything that can be bought at any store.
It?s the thought that counts – Father?s Day comes only once a year ? and it?s one of the rare chances to get a little cheesy with your Dad. Gifts, a bouquet of flowers/Roses or a fancy dinner at a classy restaurant can bring a smile to your mom?s face on "Mother’s Day", but finding the right gift for your dad on his special day can often feel like a test. So instead of stressing over what to buy him, send the one thing guaranteed to make his day: your love. The heart of Father?s Day is showing dad how much you care. Gifts and gestures are nice, but nothing matters more to dad than knowing that he?s loved. Wherever you find yourself this Father?s Day, a simple message of ?I love you, dad!? will be enough to make his day. Whether you choose to celebrate the occasion modestly or elaborately, Father?s? Day is all about bonding with family and showering dad with the love he deserves.
So to all fathers and ‘fathers alike’, I along with the team members of mangalorean.com wish you a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, and may God bless you all. Fathers are often the source of strength in our families growing up: our dads are both our protectors and the ones who work hard to support the family, with minimal complaints. Fathers ? both biological fathers and those special people who take on this role in your life voluntarily ? deserve to be praised and appreciated for all they do for us. I end this article with a thought provoking quote sent to us by Smitha Noronha from Kuwait, along with her husband’s and son’s photo for the "Father & Child Look Alike Contest:
"Fathers are wonderful people, too little understood
And we do not sing their praises, as often as we should
But fathers are just as wonderful, in a million different ways
and they merit loving compliments and accolade of praise.
For the only reason Dad aspires, to fortune and success
Is to make family proud of him and to bring them happiness
And like our Heavenly Father, he’s a guardian and guide
Someone that we can count on, to be always on our side ".
Note: Some of the photos incorporated in this article were picked from the entries sent to " Father & Child Look-Alike Contest" conducted by mangalorean.com
Author: Alfie DSouza- Illinois