Read about the origin, history and celebration of Fatherís Day in South Africa.
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Fatherís Day in South Africa

Origin and History of Fatherís Day in South Africa

Scriptures indicate that Fatherís Day came into existence ages ago where a son wrote a note of gratitude to his father on a stone. It is believed that many started following him. The actual observance of ĎFatherís Dayí began a century ago in the US. This idea was visualized by Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd in order to dedicate a separate day for fatherhood. She wanted to pay reverence to her beloved father who had taken care of all the kinds in the family after his wife died. The first Fatherís Day was celebrated in the year 1910 in the United States. Since then, it increased in popularity and was also observed in South Africa. People in South Africa enjoy the festivity of Fatherís Day to show respect and love to their fathers. It is not an official holiday in the nation.

Local name: Fatherís Day

Ways to celeberate Fatherís Day in South Africa

People in South Africa celebrate Fatherís Day with lot of enthusiasm and joy in order to pay tribute to fatherhood. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Fathers are greeted with fresh flowers and cards. Children prepare bed coffee and breakfast to treat their father with love right from the time he wakes up. They also present their father with a lot of gifts like neckties, shoes, books, bags, wallet, gadgets, sports add-ons, apparels etc. Children also go on an outing or lunch with their dads. Fathers like to go for fishing with their kids on that day.