Kohima, June 21 (NE) : Father’s Day is celebrated to commemorate and honour fathers or fatherly figures around the world, in the third weekend (Sunday) of June every year. For this year, it falls on June 21, 2020.
On this day, many people acknowledges their Father’s efforts and contributions towards their life, while for some who have lost their father, it becomes a day of remembrance for their father.
In Nagaland, many children, young and old celebrate the day with specially prepared food for their dad and also makes gift cards or gift clothes or things he need, in the form of appreciation and a way of thanking them. For those who are away from home and those who are married, they visit their father or send across gifts and best wishes on Father’s Day.
Most churches in Nagaland celebrate the Father’s Day with gift packages for the fathers and deliver special sermon for the fathers on this day.
Looking into the history of how it came to be, it was said that a lady named Sonora Smart Dodd along with her five other siblings who were single-handedly raised by their father thought that fathers should also be equally honoured as mothers.
Shortly following the declaration of Mother’s Day, Sonora felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition as well. She approached the Spokane Ministerial Alliance in Washington and suggested her own father’s birthday, of June 5, as the day of honor for fathers, but the Alliance chose the third Sunday in June to be celebrated as Father’s Day.
Her home state of Washington celebrated their first-ever official Father’s Day in June 1910 and since then, Father’s Day spread from state to state, country to country.