Sunday, June 17, 2012


HONOURING FATHERHOOD - Father's Day, celebrated June 17 of every year, is the day when fathers worldwide are honoured for their contribution to the upkeep of the nuclear family, and to honour fathers who are single parents. It is a day when the relevance of fatherhood and paternal bond of the man, known as the pillar of the family, is well appreciated. "Father's Day is a primarily secular holiday inaugurated to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by males, and to honour and commemorate fathers and forefathers. 
Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, and typically involves gift-giving to fathers and family-oriented activities," states Wikipedia. Father's Day in the real sense is when the children and other family members extend their love and appreciation to the father for all that he had done to make the family a happy and united body. 
It could be done through organising a small party or get-together to honour the father; a picnic to the beach or other places, or in form of a gift that he would appreciate.

It could be just a simple greeting card that would say "I love you dad" or an article in honour of your dad to a newspaper. Thanks for the emergence of the telecoms industry, the various telephone companies and television houses also run programmes that special messages can be sent for the Father's Day celebration. The celebration does not limit its participation to the children alone; the mothers too are encouraged to send love wishes and show compassion for their husbands for being there to build the home with them. 
Mothers are known in developed countries to pamper their husbands during the Father's Day celebration. But the children usually play the major actors in the activities of the day, being the beneficiaries of a good father-mother relationship. 
In Nigeria, as in other countries, the complex nature of the evolving society has created a difficult scenario. Unlike the single-motherhood that usually is occasioned by divorce, separation or death, the single-fatherhood in most cases is as a result of the death of the other partner, the mother.

Father's Day is a commemorative date in which we honor the courage and effort of a man who leaves his mark on the lives of their children. A dad is above all, a man with heart, who knows to show the horizon with optimism and confidence. A dad, a real father, has a lot of mom, although he has an unshakable strength of a man. Dad is a safe haven for the child who cries and suffers ... a dad is one who can listen and encourage the children in losses of life. Today we must also honor our spiritual father, the Guru, and the father of all living entities, the Loving Supreme Lord.

The Supreme Lord Śrī Krishna is the father of all living entities, who are placed in different high and low positions according to their desires or aspirations. Some of them, as particularly mentioned above, are specifically endowed with powers by the will of the Lord. A sane person must know for certain that a living being, however powerful he may be, is neither absolute nor independent. All living beings must accept the origin of their specific power ... The obedient son of the father never goes against the will of the father and therefore passes life very peacefully in concurrence with the head of the family, the father. 
Similarly, the Lord being the father, all living beings should fully and satisfactorily discharge the duty and will of the father, as faithful sons. This very mentality will at once bring peace and prosperity to human society.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam - Canto 2: “The Cosmic Manifestation”
Chapter 6: “Purusha-sukta Confirmed”
Verse 6 - Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

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