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

Origin and History of Fatherís Day in Philippines

In Philippines, Fatherís Day is a recent development which is observed on 3rd Sunday of June. There was no mark of Fatherís Day in Philippines during 1960s and 1970s. The Fatherís Day celebration came to Philippines in 1980s under the influence of American holidays and celebrations. The idea of observing the day in the honor of fathers began in Spokane, Washington. As per the records, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Fatherís Day while listening to the Motherís Day lecture in 1909. Sonora wanted to celebrate the day in the honor of his father, William Smart, who brought her up single handedly. The Fatherís Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. Later in 1972, President Richard Nixon announced a yearly Fatherís Day celebration.

Local name: Fatherís Day

Ways to celeberate Fatherís Day in Philippines

Philippines celebrate Fatherís Day with the great zeal and honor. Fatherís Day in Philippines has become day to not only honor fathers, but all men who acts as a fatherly figure. Thus grandfathers, stepfathers, brothers, uncles and male friends are all honored on this day. On this special day children present flowers, greeting cards, gift hamper etc. and make their dad feel important. Children spend the whole day with their father by going out for a picnic or for a restaurant. Children, who stay away from their family, visit home and try to surprise their father with gifts and sweets. The celebration for the day may vary from person to person but the spirit behind the celebration always remains same.