India celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June along with much of the rest of the world. While it is not yet an official public holiday in the subcontinent and is relatively new, it is rapidly gaining popularity.
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The beginnings of the concept of Father’s Day occurred in the US. A woman called Sonora Dodd advocated for the honouring of all fathers for their love and lifelong sacrifices. She did this due to the lasting impression left on her by her own father who raised her as a single parent through many difficulties. In 1910, Father’s Day celebrations began to develop. It wasn’t until 1966, however, that it became a public holiday in the US, and years later, it spread all over the world, including to India.
In India, it is common to hold lunches for Father’s Day or even for sons and fathers to go on weekend getaways together. Others celebrate more simply. They may just give a small gift, a card, their heartfelt thanks, watch a movie with Dad, or go with Dad to a sporting event.