Every year we celebrate fatherhood on the 3rd Sunday of June. But did you know traditionally India has a two-week celebration dedicated to Fathers? Probably not. Here are some facts on how Father’s Day is actually celebrated in India and some other countries!
Ever heard something called Pitru Paksha? That’s what Indians call Father’s Day. For most of the countries Father’s Day is a single day event whereas in India Father’s Day is a two-week long celebration since ancient days to celebrate ancestors called Pitru Paksha. Father’s day isn’t celebrated across the country, though it’s observed mostly by the westernized urban centers on the 3rd Sunday of every June. Father’s Day isn’t a public holiday and is only celebrated in major cities in India. Children love to make this day special for their fathers and the gifts they give to their fathers range from greeting cards to cars and holiday packages depending upon the age and budget of the kid!
2. The United States:
The US is always setting trends and though Father’s Day was established by Spain and Portugal, US was the one to popularize it. Here too, the celebrations are carried out on the 3rd Sunday of June every year. The families gather to celebrate and honor the father figures of their lives. The capitalists involved in the retail of gift items, benefit largely as everyone wants to get their father figures some token present or the other. If the schools are in session then the kids are taught to make their own DIY father’s day gifts!
For Thailand, there is only one father – the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej – on whose birthday the festival is celebrated every year on 5th December. Thai people celebrated the day of fatherhood by presenting a canna flower – considered as a masculine flower - to their fathers which has now become a rare practice. Thais wear yellow on this day in the honor of their late king who was born on Monday and yellow being the color for the day. On this day, a massive gathering can be found in front of the palace in a huge park named Sanam Luang, where people come to listen to the annual father’s day speech that is delivered by the king. The gathered people enjoy themselves as the evening ceremony takes place. They light candles to show respect and declare their faith on the king. Thai people absolutely adore their king and hence, the ceremony takes place in every village and across the world in respective Thai organizations.
Pakistan too celebrates its Father’s Day on every third Sunday of June just like many of us do. This year, the Rutgers WPF launched a campaign titled – Greening Pakistan, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood. The campaign was launched across the country to promote fatherhood and spread awareness regarding the responsibility that a father has in the successful upbringing of the child.
Depending on their lunar calendar, Newar people – natives of the valley of Kathmandu celebrate fatherhood on the day of Gokarna Aunsi in late August or early September. Others have started to follow the tradition in other parts of the country. Commonly it is known as abu ya khwa swoyegu or buwaako mukh herne din meaning the day for looking at father’s face in the Nepalese language. To pay respect to one’s deceased father, the day of new moon called amavasya is chosen. The Hindus go to the Shiva temple of Gokarneswor Mahadev, Gokarna in a suburb of Kathmandu while the Buddhists visit Jan Bahal temple again in Kathmandu.