Happy Father’s Day! This Sunday is a day that we celebrate Dads. Those wonderful and annoying old men that brought us up. I know it isn’t great that we have to celebrate Father’s Day in lockdown but don’t think of it as being trapped at home but safe at home. I’m sure they will take this opportunity to choose what’s on the TV and it will definitely be some old movie they swear is the best movie of all time.
In the UK, Father’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Sunday of June but it hasn’t been celebrated for long. According to ‘The English Year’, Father’s Day only started being celebrated in the UK after the Second World War. For hundreds of years the Orthodox Church has celebrated the Sunday of the Forefathers to honour the ancestors of Christ but in Catholic Europe they celebrated the feast day of Saint Joseph on March 19th from at least 1508. Father’s Day is celebrated around the world as a way to thank the men who raised us and is celebrated on different days because it stemmed from different religions. Some countries even celebrate International Men’s Day.
For a long time, I protested the existence of Father’s/Mother’s Day, I didn’t believe they needed an extra day for presents and pampering just because they had a child. As I have got older though, I have realised everything my parents have done for me. My Dad has always worked as hard as he could to provide for us and make sure we are well looked after. Still to this day he spends way too much time and money on my sister and I and I am so grateful for that. My family means everything to me and I truly appreciate them enough to celebrate them (only for one day a year though). It’s important to remember all the sacrifices that your parents have made for you and how much they have helped you get to where you are now.
Obviously, Dad gets to choose what you do for the day. Ideally, we should all be out for lunch or something but lockdown has changed plans. I know it’s tempting to all rush out to parks, up hills and the beach but we have to remember we are still in a global pandemic (some people seem to have forgotten). The best way to celebrate the day is to play some family games, watch some of your Dads favourite movies and cook him a good meal.
Thank you so much Dad, I love you and happy Father’s Day.
‘My Father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic.’ ~ Spike Milligan
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