Father’s Day Recipes

Are you looking for delicious meals you could cook for your Dad? Then 123NewYear is the perfect destination for you. Here are some mouth-watering Father’s Day recipes:

  1. Breakfast or Brunch: Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • 1 can of bacon bits (3 ounce)
  • Half cup of chopped onions
  • 5 ounces of Swiss cheese that has been shredded
  • 3 ounces of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • A frozen pie crust of  9 inch length for a deep dish
  • 4 eggs that has been beaten lightly
  • A cup of half-and-half cream
  • Directions
  • You need to preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius or 400 degrees F.
  • Mix the onions, bacon and chesses in a bowl of medium size. Then place in the pie crust that has not been thawed.
  • With the half-and-half cream mix the beaten eggs and place it on the cheese mixture filled pie crust
  • Bake this in the preheated oven for a time of 15 minutes.
  • Next reduce the heat to about 350 degree F/ 175 degree C and bake it for another 35 minutes or till the crust turns brown.
  1. Grilling Recipe: Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • One-third cup of Dijon mustard
  • One-fourth cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp. (tablespoon) of mayonnaise
  • A teaspoon of steak sauce
  • 4 portions of chicken breast halves that are skinless and boneless
  • Directions
  • The grill should be preheated for medium heat.
  • Mix the ingredients mustard, steak sauce, honey and mayonnaise and set aside a a small amount of this mix for basting.
  • Dip the chicken pieces in the rest of the sauce to coat them.
  • Oil the grill lightly and grill the chicken pieces over it for around 18-20 minutes. Turn them occasionally.
  • Baste the chicken with the remaining sauce from time to time during the last ten minutes.
  • Keep a sharp eye so that the chicken does not get burned.
  1. Light Bite Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Smokies
  • Prep time: 45 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • One pound sliced bacons that has been cut as thirds
  • 1 pack of 14 ounce beef cocktail wieners
  • Three-fourth cup of brown sugar
  • Directions
  • Oven should be preheated to 165 degrees C or 325 degrees F
  • Keep 2/3 portion of the bacon refrigerated until needed as cold bacon is easier to wrap around the wieners.
  • Once each wiener has been wrapped with bacon slices and secured with a toothpick, place them on one large baking sheet and sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar on them
  • Finally these need to be baked for about 40 minutes or till the brown sugar turns bubbly
  • Keep the wieners warm in a slow cooker set at low setting till you are ready to serve them.
  1. Dessert: Chocolate Brownies
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • Half cup of butter
  • A cup of white sugar
  • Two eggs
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One-third cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Half cup of all-purpose flour
  • One-fourth teaspoon of salt
  • One-fourth teaspoon of baking powder
  • Frosting:
  • Three tablespoons of softened butter
  • Three tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • Directions
  • Preheat the oven to around 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F
  • Melt the butter and stir in eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Use a large saucepan for this.
  • Pour the batter in an 8-inch square pan that has been greased and floured
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven. Be careful not to overcook.
  • To make the frosting you need to combine all the ingredients listed under frosting and keep stirring till smooth. Place the frosting on warm brownies.

Father’s Day Songs

Holding your finger he helped you take your first step. Now celebrate his special day of his with wonderful Father’s Day songs. Dedicate these songs to your father and make him smile, laugh and cry happy tears:

  • Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus, “I Learned From You”

    It is a song sung by Miley Cyrus that includes an apology to fathers for not listening to them though deep down you might have known that he was right. He is the one who will always care and teach you to be strong and brave. It also includes the voice of her father, Billy Ray Cyrus who is giving his daughter valuable lessons.

  • Luther Vandross, “Dance With My Father”

    In the song you can find the singer wanting to relive the moments of his childhood that he had spent with his father. It is a reminder for all that cherish the moments that you spend with your father for they are precious and will never last forever.

  • Beyoncé, “Daddy”

    This song has been sung by Beyoncé and talks about how her father taught her to shoot. The underlying meaning of this song is that fathers always teach you to be strong and tough so that you can fight your way to safety and victory. Fathers always worry about what would happen to his family after he is no more so he teaches his children to be strong. It also talks about the way fathers can sense whether a guy is good or bad.

  • Paul Petersen, “My Dad”

    The lyrics of the song speak about the worth that a father has in the eyes of his son. It can also hold true for a daughter. A father might not mean a whole lot to the world but he will always be special for his child. It also talks about the way a father understands the troubles of his child and how a father teaches his child to walk. In the end every son hopes that he can grow up to be respected as a father just like he respected his own father.

  • Meghan Trainor, “Dance Like Yo Daddy”

    The song has cute lyrics in the middle that basically talks about how her father told her to do her own thing and find her groove so that she can stand out in the crowd and show them what she is capable of doing.

  • Lonestar, “I’m Already There”

    The song speaks about the sacrifices that a father makes so that he can provide for his family. It also describes the sadness he faces in doing so. He does all of this with a smile on his face and does not let his children know about his hardships. It also speaks about the longing of the man to be with his family – wife and kids.

  • Reginae Carter, “Daddy’s Little Girl”

    The song is about the teachings that a fathers gives to his daughter. He teaches you to walk through the hardships of life and never fear failure even if you face a wall. Even if the obstacles are hard he will help you get over them. He teaches you right from wrong and wants you to aim for success. A daughter will always remain her daddy’s little girl no matter how old you get. A father’s advice will always stay with his daughter even if she is far away. The guidance of a father is the one thing that helps you out in all worse possible situations.

Father’s Day Messages

Make the man who made you the apple of his eyes feel special with beautiful Father’s Day Messages. Here are some great messages that are sure to make your father feel special:

  1. You have been the candle of my life Dad. You filled my life with light even when it should have been filled with darkness. Your concern for me can never be repaid. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  2. My dearest father it has been so many years that I am away from you but you can be sure that the lessons you taught have stayed with me. Even though I cannot be there this father’s Day but I send you my love. Happy Father’s Day!
  3. Daddy dearest, you are the one God sent to take care of me and Mom. Because he knew that you were the one who looked out for us and gave me the confidence to strive through problems. Love you. Happy Father’s Day!
  4. Daddy, I wish I could tell you how much it meant to have you as our father. The appreciation we feel to have grown up seeing your kindness. The admiration we have for your greatness. Thank you and love you. Happy Father’s Day!
  5. Hi Dad,
  6. I feel that even if I search far and wide, finding a person who is so caring and hardworking would be not only difficult but impossible. Dad we your children love you. Wishing you Happy Father’s Day!
  7. Kids grew up looking up to superheroes like Batman and Spiderman but I looked up to the hero of my life – you, My father. The way you strived through all the hardships so that I could live a good life. Now that I have grown up you are still my superhero. Happy Father’s Day!
  8. I know that it is rarely that I express the love and appreciation I feel for you. So let me take this opportunity to thank you for being around always and love you forever. You have and will continue to inspire me. Dad, Happy Father’s Day!
  9. I remember that when I was a kid and I had issues with friends, you were the one to sort them out and cheer me up. You were the one who never stopped encouraging me to reach for the sky. Today when I am far away from you, those memories are the ones that I hold dear. Happy Father’s Day!
  10. You are not only my dad; you are also my friend, philosopher and guide. The advices and lessons you taught have helped me stay on the right path and reach for success. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  11. Since the day that I grew up I know that I have caused a lot of trouble but you always tried to correct me. Sorry Dad for never valuing your advices. Today on this Father’s Day I promise to pick up my act. Love you!
  12. No geographical distance is that big to keep a child away from his father. I have a surprise this Father’s Day for you – me. Yes dad I will be there, your little princess. Oh wait another one – your son, your kiddo will also be there. So cheer up and let’s celebrate this Father’s Day with joy and love!
  13. You are the one who taught me to take on my problems head on, even if the wall was tough to climb, never to give up. I never have and that made me reach for the stars. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

When is Father’s Day

Father’s Day marks the day to celebrate fathers and father figures who contribute significantly in one’s life. The most popular date that is accepted in most countries for Father’s day is the third Sunday of June, although there are variations in the date of observance in some parts of the globe.


The Early tradition of Father’s Day was to celebrate it in honor of Saint Joseph. There are two variations to this celebration:

    • In Catholic countries the day has been celebrated on 19th March since the Middle Age


    • In Coptic churches this day has been celebrated on 20th July since the fifth century


This custom of celebrating St Joseph’s Day as Father’s Day on 19th March still prevails in some countries like Belgium, Bolivia, Croatia, Italy, Mozambique, Portugal and Spain to name some.

In the United States

    • Father’s Day was first started by Grace Golden Clayton on July 5, 1908 but it was unsuccessful in becoming a nation-wide celebration.


    • On June 19, 1910, Father’s Day was celebrated by Sonora Smart Dodd in her father’s memories but it did not gain recognition.


    • In 1966 the first presidential proclamation was made by President Lyndon B. Johnson to honor fathers.


    • After six years, President Richard Nixon signed it to be a national holiday.


    • Thus the third Sunday in June came to be celebrated as Father’s Day in the United States.


Few countries across the world have adopted different dates to celebrate Father’s Day depending on local customs and traditions. For Example:

Russia February 23 as “Defender of the Fatherland Day”
South Korea May 8 as Parents’ Day
Germany Thursday forty days after Easter as  Ascension Day
Denmark June 5 also Constitution Day
Thailand December 5 on the birthday of their King Bhumibol
Romania Second Sunday in May
Uruguay Second Sunday in July
Nepal Between August 30 and September 30 as Bhadrapada Amavasya (Gokarna Aunsi)

Here are the dates for Father’s Day for the next decade, i.e. till 2027:

  • June 18, 2017
  • June 17, 2018
  • June 16, 2019
  • June 21, 2020
  • June 20, 2021
  • June 19, 2022
  • June 18, 2023
  • June 16, 2024
  • June 15, 2025
  • June 21, 2026
  • June 20, 2027

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Presenting your father with a gift on Father’s Day can be a tricky choice. 123NewYear comes to your rescue. Whether your Dad is tech-savvy or adventure seeker, we have various Father’s Day gift ideas.

Here are some great gift ideas:

  1. Dads who love to keep a watch on time and love punctuality, a watch can be a great gift. Chic and dapper watches are available from various brands. You also have choices like Chronograph Watches, Diver Watches, Fashion Watches, Italian Design Watches, Luxury Watches and Mechanical Watches to name some. Nowadays you also have options like wooden and bamboo watches.
  2. Protect your Dad’s eyes with the help of sunglasses that enhance your father’s style. The various options include – Aviator, Retro Square, Browline and The Wayfarer to name some. You also have options to pick the frame like round frames, clear frames, wooden frames and colored frames among other options.
  3. For Dads who love to have coffee in the morning, a coffee maker would be an appropriate gift. The options include Single Cup Coffee Makers, Drip Coffee Makers, Cappuccino and Espresso Machines, French Press, Percolators and more.
  4. If your Dad loves his coffee cold then another great gift would be an Iced Coffee Maker.
  5. Help your Dad get a great beard trim by gifting him a beard trimmer. You also have the option of gifting him a moustache and beard trimmer. Many brands offer combo kits that include a trimmer and various attachments that help your dad get the trim he wants.
  6. Another great gift would be a shaving kit that includes a shaving stick; shaving cream and aftershave of you are on a budget. All you have to do is find out your fathers favorite brand and get their shaving kit.
  7. For Fathers who love the adventures both at home and in the outdoors a kit that has goodies that will help is a great gift. The kits can have different themes. Choose the one or more kits for your dad. The various themes can be grill mastering, home distillery and more.
  8. If your Dad loves to cook and plan barbeques then a book that helps him in his endeavors would be the best gift. The book should have information on building a smoker, curing the right kind of wood and also pointers on the best place to acquire the meat from.
  9. The most popular option is buying your dapper father clothes that he loves to wear. Options and brands are numerous from suits to jeans, shirts and more.
  10. If your Dad loves to have a glass of fresh juice in the morning then a juicer would be a great gift option. Help him in his fitness regime by providing him a juicer that is easy to use and is dishwasher safe as well.
  11. For the father who loves to go outdoors a kit with various supplies is an amazing gift. The kit can include things like split key ring, a survival pod, screw key set and peanut lighter to name some. A pocket knife can also be a great gift.
  12. For Dads who love to keep a track on their fitness level, a fitness and sleep tracker would be a great gift. It helps your dad keep  track of his activity throughout the day and also maps his sleep patterns to give him insights about his sleep stages
  13. Another popular gift option is a great eau de parfum or eau de toilette for men.

Father’s Day Quotes

Appreciate the care and time that your father has given you. Utilize these lovely Father’s Day quotes appropriately and present your father with the praise and love he truly deserves:

  1. “I’ve had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started.” – Bartrand Hubbard
  2. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist
  3. It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. — Johann Schiller
  4. Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world. — Robert Orben
  5. There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father. — Alison Lohman
  6. To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship. — Wendell Phillips
  7. “To a father growing old
  8. Nothing is dearer than a daughter” – Euripides
  9. “There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” –John Gregory Brown
  10. “The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.” – Garrison Keillor
  11. “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.” –Enid Bagnold
  12. “If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.” – James Baldwin
  13. “When I was a kid, my father told me every day, ‘You’re the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to.” – Jan Hutchins
  14. “When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, I was your son, high on your horse, my mind a top whipped by the lashes of your rhetoric, windy of course.“ – Sir Stephen Spender
  15. “How true Daddy’s words were when he said: “All children must look after their own upbringing.” Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” -Anne Frank
  16. My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” –  Harmon Killebrew
  17. The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family. – Reed Markham
  18. It’s only when you grow up and step back from him– or leave him for your own home– it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.  – Margaret Truman
  19. One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. – George Herbert

Father’s Day Wishes

Celebrate this Father’s Day with some great wishes that let you express your gratitude adequately. Here are some heartwarming Father’s Day wishes:

  1. In my childhood you nurtured me; in my teenage you helped me set my boundaries. Now that I have grown up, you still continue to teach me my strengths and weaknesses. Happy Father’s Day!
  2. You have been my life’s template. Even now you continue to be the example that I follow. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  3. For all the times when you let me go and even for the times that you stopped me, I want to thank you. You always knew what was right for me. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  4. I am thankful to have you as my father who has continuously taught me to strive for the best. Happy Father’s Day!
  5. Your love always brings a tear of joy in the eyes. You have always held back so that my dreams could get wings. Love you Dad for the many time when you loved me even though I was causing you pain by arguing. Happy Father’s Day!
  6. You have been instrumental in my life when it comes to making the right decisions and reaching the heights of success. I have and will always love you Daddy. Happy Father’s Day!
  7. Let me take advantage of the occasion of Father’s Day to tell you how lucky I feel to have you as my father. Have an amazing Father’s Day, Dad. Love you!
  8. You been a man you has selflessly sacrificed his dreams, dedicated his life to his kids and worked hard to provide for us. Daddy while we cannot repay all of this but we can wish you a Happy Father’s Day that shows our love.
  9. Dad you always protected me from the imaginary monsters hiding in my closet. You also taught me to face my fears and showed that the closet had no monsters. That teaching has stayed with me for life. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  10. Since I was a child you have dedicated your life to give me a good upbringing. Now that I have grown up, I hope to do the same for you. Love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  11. No amount of gifts, flowers or cards can be enough to say “Thank you” but these have to do because I can never repay your love, care and time. Dad, love you and Happy Father’s Day!
  12. I have let your teachings guide my path, Dad. Thank you for being such an amazing guide and teacher. Happy Father’s Day!
  13. Thank you Daddy for supporting my decisions when they were right. Also thank you for stopping me when I was wrong. Remember that your daughter loves you a lot and ant to see you happy always. Happy Father’s Day!
  14. For the best mentor in my life, Happy Father’s Day! I know I have not always been a good daughter but you were the perfect Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  15. I pray to God, to fill your life with health, wealth and good fortune. Love you Dad Happy Father’s Day!
  16. A simple thank you is not enough for that you have done for me since the day I was born. But that is all I can give such a great father. I make a promise to keep you happy forever dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  17. Dad you have been an inspiration. Love you and stay happy always. Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day in US

Father’s Day was introduced in the United States as a counterpart of Mother’s Day that had been already introduced to appreciate and establish the role of the male parent in the parenting process.


The day upholds paternal bonds and the influence of the Pater in shaping the society. On this day people also honor other paternal males who may have touched their life in a significant way – teachers, mentors, extended family or relatives.

Background of Father’s Day:

    • On July 5, 1908 in the town of Fairmont in the State of West Virginia a “Father’s Day” service was held in the request of Grace Golden Clayton who was then mourning the loss of her father who dies in December 1907 in the renowned Monongah Mining Disaster. The mishap killed hundreds of fathers and left many children fatherless. The service was held on a Sunday nearest to the birthday of Clayton’s deceased father.


    • In 1911, Jane Adams came up with the idea of a city wide Father’s Day celebration in Chicago but was denied to do so.


    • In 1912, there is a report of Father’s Day celebration in Vancouver, Washington.


    • In 1915, Henry C. Meek, a member of the Lions Club International, made a claim that it was him who came up with the idea of introducing a Father’s Day. The Lions Club named him “Originator of Father’s Day”, and Meek made many efforts to promote this day to be a national holiday.


    • Meanwhile in Spokane, Washington, in the year 1910, Father’s Day was introduced by Sonora Smart Dodd at the YMCA. The first celebrations were held on June 19, 1910. Dodd had initially suggested June 5th to be the date of celebration since it was her father’s birthday, but the date got postponed to the third Sunday of June due to organizational reasons. Dodd wanted to honor her father, a Civil War Veteran, who single handedly raised six children.


    • Dodd’s efforts did not meet with much success initially, and her tenure in the Art Institute of Chicago made her campaign fade out in the oblivion even in her own hometown.


    • In 1930s, after Dodd returned to Spokane, she started to promote the celebration again. This time her attempt to raise awareness to the national level was aided by those trade groups whose products catered to men and were considered to be traditional gift items for fathers or father figures.


    • Father’s Day Council was founded in New York by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers, and together with the Dodd attempted to consolidate and organize the promotions from a commercial perspective.


    • Although there existed a Bill since 1913 in favor of the day and was also recommended for national recognition in 1924, the idea was rejected in the fear of being too commercialized.


    • In 1957 Senator Margaret Chase Smith from Maine brought up the topic again for debate and pointed out that if Mother’s Day could exist, so should Father’s Day, for it was wrong to single out and honor one out of two parents.


    • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a proclamation in the favor of making the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.


    • Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon made the day a permanent national holiday by signing it into law.


Date of Father’s Day in the Next Five Years:

In United States, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month of June, each year.

  • In 2014, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 15.
  • In 2015, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 21.
  • In 2016, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 19.
  • In 2017, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 18.
  • In 2018, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 17.
  • In 2019, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 16.


Observances on Father’s Day:

Father’s Day upholds and honors the role of the male parent in the life and upbringing of a child, and also of the Father Figures who may have touched our lives as friends, mentors, teachers, relatives or extended family. Since Father’s Day celebration is a relatively new introduction in the list of merrymaking days, it is but obvious that most families do not have any long standing tradition or custom related to this event. However, the general idea is to show that you care and to express your appreciation. The expression of love could range from a simple phone call to an elaborate party. Giving greeting cards and gifts too is a common custom. Retailers come up with promotional sales on items like gadgets, clothing, tool kits, outdoor cooking accessories, sports goods etc to give you umpteen choices to pick from according to the taste of the person concerned and your pocket permit.

Father’s Day in UK

Father’s Day in the United Kingdom is mostly an influence from the trends that created a huge wave in the American society. The dates too tally with those of the United States. The day was promoted to be the counterpart of Mother’s Day that was existent for a while.


It was upheld that just as there is a day to appreciate the role and influence of mother in a person’s life, there should also be a day to commemorate and honor the role of a father or a father figure in one’s life.

It is a day to pay tribute to one’s father or other paternal males like grandfather, uncle, teacher, mentor, or any other such person who has touched the life of an individual in a significant manner. It is a day to honor, reaffirm and strengthen the bond between a person and her/ his father or father figure. In United Kingdom the day is observed annually on the third Sunday of the month of June.

Background of Father’s Day:

Origin of Father’s Day in the United Kingdom is only of recent origin, and it got popular only in the 1970s. The idea was imbibed in the English culture as an influence of its prevalence in the United States. However, some historians claim that the origin of Father’s Day dates back to more than four thousand years ago when it is found that a young boy named Elmesu in Babylon had carved a card with a Father’s Day message.

The claim to making Father’s Day famous in the recent times however goes to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, USA, who in the year 1910 introduced the concept at the YMCA, who wanted to honor the contribution of her father in the her life and in that of her siblings. Her father, a Civil War veteran, had raised six children on his own. Although Dodd’s efforts did not meet with instant success, she was pretty persistent, until she finally established the day as a National Holiday in USA in 1972. Its ripple effect made the celebrations spread to other countries including UK.

Some Catholic Churches prefer to celebrate this day on March 19 each year, which is Saint Joseph’s Day.

Date of Father’s Day in the Next Five Years:

In United Kingdom, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month of June, each year.

  • In 2014, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 15.
  • In 2015, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 21.
  • In 2016, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 19.
  • In 2017, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 18.
  • In 2018, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 17.
  • In 2019, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 16. 

Observances on Father’s Day:

Father’s Day in the UK is a relatively newer introduction, and as such there is no set norm or mandate to celebrate the day. People generally stick to the essence of the day which is to honor the role of a male parent in the journey of one’s life and this encompasses father figures like mentors, teachers, relatives, friends or extended family. The general ambience is of merrymaking, and the generic idea is to show your father or father figure how much you care and love him/ them and also appreciate his/ their presence in your life. Some people are not too keen on this mode of celebration for they feel it is an outcome of commercialization; while others hold on to the opportunity of expression of love in today’s busy world when such time is getting rarer.

For some the day is commemorated with a phone call, greeting card or a small intimate gift; while others prefer to celebrate in style with a gala party. Retailers too take up this opportunity to woo buyers with gift options suitable for father/ father figures – all one has to do is to pick one according to your taste and budget and then see the twinkle in the special person’s eyes. In the early 1900s it was a custom to wear a rose in the lapel in honor of one’s father on this day – a white rose for those whose father has deceased, and red rose for those who are lucky to have their father around them. However, with time this custom got diluted, and today most people do not even remember about it.

Father’s Day in India

Father’s Day is a celebration to honor the parental bonding with the male parent – in other words, to celebrate fatherhood. This day is also a reflection of the influence of fathers or father figures in shaping the society.


This day was created to complement the already prevalent Mother’s Day. In Indian culture, the concept of celebrating Father’s Day has newly been introduced as a result of the influence of Western culture, especially that of the USA.

Although it is celebrated with much enthusiasm, especially in urban India today, the concept probably came to this country only about a decade ago. The celebration fast gained momentum because of the fact that today’s busy life does not allow people to spend much time with their family.

Also, today families do not essentially live under the same roof or even same city or in many cases even the same country. As such, these special days of remembrance gives them the opportunity to connect with their loving father or a father figure to express how much they are loved, respected and cared for.

Background of Father’s Day:

The celebrations of Father’s Day became prevalent in the United States in the early 20th century to complement the existing trend of celebrating Mother’s Day. This event honors fatherhood and acknowledges the role of male parenting in a child’s life in particular and its effect on the society in general.

The credit for establishing the Father’s Day in the modern day form goes to Sonora Dodd of the United States. He was moved by the fact that her father, Civil War Veteran William Jackson Smart, raised six children as a single parent. The first Father’s Day celebration was held in the Spokane YMCA on the 19th day of June in 1910.

However, this movement did not gain instant momentum, and Dodd even stopped promoting the event in the 1920s for she got busy pursuing her education. In the 1930s she got back to her hometown, and revoked her campaign and took it even to the national level with the help of trade groups that manufactured products for men. In 1938 the Father’s Day Council was formed by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers for a systematic promotion of the event. The Americans however resisted the event for a while.  In 1957 Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote to campaign the fact that either there should be a day each to honor both the parents or there should be none. Finally in the year 1966, a Presidential proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson designating the third Sunday of June a day to honor fathers. In 1972, President Richard Nixon passed a law to the same effect.

Father's Day in India

Father’s Day in India


In the formative years, there were many similar attempts to celebrate the love of fathers and father figures. According to some people, there was a Father’s Day church sermon that was held in West Virginia in the year 1908, and some historians honor Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia to be the founder of the event. Some others believe that such celebration found its origin in Vancouver, Washington. In 1915, Harry Meek, the President of the Lion’s Club, Chicago, celebrated Father’s Day to emphasize on the need to honor fathers. In countries with Catholic influence celebrate Father’s Day on March 19 to commemorate St. Joseph’s Day, the Father of Jesus.

Date of Father’s Day in the Next Five Years:

In India, Father’s Day is celebrated in accordance with the prevalent customs in the United States of America, and also in the United Kingdom on the third Sunday of the month of June, each year.

  • In 2014, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 15.
  • In 2015, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 21.
  • In 2016, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 19.
  • In 2017, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 18.
  • In 2018, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 17.
  • In 2019, Father’s Day would be on Sunday, June 16.

Public life on Father’s Day in India:

Although the celebrations of Father’s Day have caught up with people in India, there is no change in public life in India. All retails and businesses are open on this day. Public transportation system operates normally on this day. The only hitch that a person may face is a high waiting time in certain places like restaurants, theatres etc.

Celebrations in India:

Father’s Day celebrations in India are very similar to the way the festival takes place in the United Kingdom or in the United States of America, although in a much tamed down version as compared to the west. Another significant factor is that it is celebrated with greater enthusiasm in the urban areas due to greater exposure to information; while the rural parts of India are yet to catch up in this aspect. The greeting card companies and the gifting portals start advertising about the event long before it is due. In fact their advertising plays a vital role in spreading awareness about the event even in small towns and suburban areas.

The day starts by people expressing gratitude and love towards their father, mentor or a person they look up to as a father figure. Having a day out with daddy is another popular custom – so the movie theatres, restaurants and other places of interest are crowded on this day. Schools and some organizations working for the welfare of children take up this day to promote bonding among a father and child. A father is encouraged to spend more time with his ward/s, get more involved in the growing up years of a child; while children are taught to pay due respect to their father, and also to build up a strong bonding whereby both of them would take care of each other all their life.