Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
5:00 AM 19th June 2021

Remember Your Dad This Father's Day

Image by Innviertlerin from Pixabay
Image by Innviertlerin from Pixabay
Father's Day in 2021 is this coming Sunday 20 June in the UK and also lots of other countries in the world.

What is the difference between a Father and a Dad?

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Image by Pexels from Pixabay
Most people think a father and a dad are the same thing.
But a father is the male parent of a child. Every man can be a father but not every father can be a dad. Dads tend to go the extra mile and want to be interested in their child and their growing up.

When do we celebrate Father’s Day?

Traditionally Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, although in some parts of Europe it is celebrated on the 19 March which is St Joseph's Day. Joseph was recognised as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, who was the Son of God.

Unlike Mother’s Day, the UK and USA celebrate Father’s Day on the same day.

The History of Father's Day

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Image by RitaE from Pixabay
Celebrating Father's Day originated in the USA in 1966 when it was formally recognised and was a civic celebration to complement Mother's Day, which was very popular.

Apparently President Lyndon B Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers on the third Sunday in June making it known as Father’s Day.

Prior to this time it was only observed as a Catholic tradition, celebrating fatherhood dating back to the Middle Ages.

Father's Day each year is when children express thanks to their fathers or father figures for all their unconditional love and affection that has been shown to them.

Although the festival is very western, it has recently gained a following in India.

Some Father's Day quotes:

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy - Anonymous

Some people don't believe in heroes, but they haven't met my dad - Unknown

To the world, you are a dad. To me, you are the world - Unknown

A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow - Unknown

What you teach your children, you also teach their children – Unknown

A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you – Dimitri the Stoneheart

It is a wise father that knows his own child – William Shakespeare

A father carries pictures where his money used to be – Steve Martin

Image by Pexels from Pixabay
Image by Pexels from Pixabay
So let us set aside one day in the year, when we take time to express our thanks for our fathers or father figures and to say again we love you, for all the unconditional love that you have shown, makes the day so worthwhile.

Let's celebrate our Dads everywhere and why not treat him this Father's Day even though with the coronavirus pandemic it might have to be for some a virtual celebration.