Around the world on the third Sunday in June, Father’s Day is celebrated to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. It is a celebration of fatherhood and male parenting. The idea of a special day to honor fathers was introduced from the United States. In 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd was so inspired by the Mother's Day celebrations, that she wanted to plan a day to honor fathers.

There is also the thought that Father's Day may have it's original roots in pagan sun worship which in some branches sees the sun as the father of the universe. Since the June solstice occurs around the same time as Father's day every year it is possible that there is a connection here.

Celebrations in other parts of the world are thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father's Day. Other countries that celebrate it on the third Sunday in June are as follows: Canada, U.K.,Argentina, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, and Venezuela. Australia and New Zealand celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. In Thailand it is celebrated on December 5th and Brazil celebrates it on the second Sunday of August.

Father's are very important to the lives of their offspring. They tend to add stability and security to a family and are important role models to their children as to what a responsible man really is in our society. But the role of a father does not have to be that of only the biological father. Other father figures can include step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.

Father's Day is a fairly modern holiday so there is no concrete way to celebrate. It can range from a phone call to a nice visitation or dinner out with gifts presented also. It is a very individual effort, but the underlying message is that families value and need fathers/father figures. Children tend to grow up more well adjusted when a loving father has been present in their lives. It is only right then that these wonderful men that we call fathers should be given a day of honor all
their own.

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