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A father plays a key role in the life of his family and society. He is the head, leader, and priest of his household and has the God-given responsibility to faithfully love his wife and train and discipline his children in the fear of the Lord. He has to be involved in all the important affairs of his family. He has to be genuinely loving and it should be so visible that his influence will permeate the whole family. The father is not only be the main financial provider of his family, but can also be the full stay at home dad, while the mother is working or he can be a single parent. Fathers have to carefully combine firmness, example, and tenderness in his home so that their children can emulate their example. The father's role is so important as it helps to give the right foundation for his children future life.

Consequently, fathers need to be recognized and congratulated for their superb role that they have played over the years, and the best time to celebrate their awesome influence and contribution to their home and society is Father's Day. When we honor fathers we would be remembering every man who has performed this role. Included in the honoring of fathers, would be our grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and brothers with families.

Where did the day get its origin in order to be celebrated every third Sunday in June yearly? The idea of Father's Day is about one hundred years old. It had its originality in 1909, when Mrs John B. Dobb of Washington, USA, celebrated a special day for her father, Mr William Smart . Mr Smart , who fought in the Civil War, single- handedly supported and raised his children following the demise of his wife during the birth of their sixth child..

About six decades later, and on the June 3rd, 1966, the day was officially signed by President Johnson and formally agreed upon as Father's Day. In many countries across the world, including the USA, this day is celebrated by millions every third Sunday in June annually, and so June19, 2011 is designated as the day to commemorate the great conyributions made by fathers.

Although many countries world wide celebrate this day, it is not universally celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June. Some countries celebrate during different months of the year and there are different reasons for celebrating. Russia for example, celebrates theirs on February23, with a greater emphasis on the members serving in the Russian army and to a lesser extent the fathers. On different days in May, Romania and South Korea celebrate this day, but South Korea celebrates it as parents' day. Other countries celebrate in March and other months.

There are several gifts that can be given to fathers on this special day. A good gift can be a flower which Dad loves, or a hand made card as long as the symbolic gesture has its source from the heart. How thoughtful it would be for one to have their Dad over for dinner and serving his special menu.. Then there will be time for Dad's favorite games and movies and reminiscing the joys and not so happy experiences of the past..


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