Father’s day celebration: A must or a mustn’t.


June 21, 2020, is the day that all fathers are being appreciated and celebrated this year. It is a day full of thoughtfulness, acknowledgment, and overall just a happy day for all the fathers in the world. Some took it upon themselves to buy gifts and have a little celebration dedicated for their dads. Others on the other hand, felt enough just by expressing their gratitude through words to their fathers. But is it really enough? Is father’s day considered special to all father’s? 


Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. In the Philippines, Father’s day has been celebrated since the 1980s. President Aquino set the date as the third Sunday of June in 1988 by presidential proclamation. President Estrada changed it to the first Monday of December, also by presidential proclamation in 1998. And he also set Mother’s Day on that same date. However, many still keep the dates for Father’s Day and Mother’s Day that are kept in other parts of the world. 


From this, we can totally say that Father’s day is known and celebrated worldwide. But is it really enough to just honor them for a day? While others are quick to say that they express their love to their father every day, some may think differently. There are some who often forgets their fathers and just barely remember them when the third week of June falls. Some even have the audacity to post online just to showcase other people that they recognize their fathers but the truth is, they rarely do. In this case, this stigma will have to end. Fathers should be appreciated and loved almost every day. One day isn’t enough to express gratitude and show support to them. They deserve more than that. Sure, adulting makes you apart from your family, but don’t take that as an excuse to grow your heart apart from them. Because it isn’t. And it will never be. Being a parent is not an easy job. Let alone being a father. They are the pillars of our home. Some of them are expected to be strong and capable. But we can not expect them to always be strong and capable. They are also human. They may feel weak, they may feel lost. But they are trying to shrug it off just for their family’s sake. So as a child, don’t just stand there. Be your father’s strength. Be his hope. Because once your father feels weak, you, as a family, are the only one who is capable of being his strength. 


Although not everyone has a father, there is always a person who stands as a father figure to them. Take it upon yourselves to also never forget showing your deepest gratitude to them. They are not a father, but they are striving to be your pillars of hope and motivation. In turn, you must also reciprocate their love and affection. 

So the question is, should we still celebrate father’s day? The answer is yes. All fathers deserve a day for them. A day where they can all be appreciated and loved. But let’s not forget that a single day would never be enough and that fathers should be able to feel acknowledged almost every single day. We are in this era where change isn’t impossible. Always remember your father’s sacrifices and hard work just to build your family. Do not forget to always show your love and support to your family. So that father’s day will not just be remembered for a day but can encrypt to the hearts of the many every day. Because that is what they deserve.




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