Father’s Day: A Global Celebration of Fatherhood

Father’s Day: A Global Celebration of Fatherhood

Father’s Day is a special occasion celebrated worldwide to honor fathers and father figures for their contributions to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.


The history of Father’s Day dates back to the early 20th century in the United States. It was first proposed in 1908 by Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia as a day to honor those men who had died in a mining accident. However, the idea did not gain traction until Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, advocated for a day to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single parent. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910.

Over the years, Father’s Day spread across the United States and beyond. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday in the U.S., to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This date has been adopted by many other countries; however, the celebration date varies worldwide.

In many European countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday. In countries like Australia and New Zealand, it is observed on the first Sunday in September, while in Thailand, it is celebrated on December 5th, the birthday of King Bhumibol.

Father’s Day in Pakistan

In Pakistan, Father’s Day follows the global trend and is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This means that in 2024, Father’s Day in Pakistan will be observed on June 16th. It’s a day when children express their gratitude and love for their fathers with gifts, cards, and spending quality time together.

The ways of celebrating Father’s Day may differ from country to country, but the essence remains the same: to show appreciation for the men who have played a significant role in shaping the lives of their children. Whether it’s a simple phone call, a heartfelt card, or a grand gesture, Father’s Day is an opportunity to say “thank you” to all the fathers and father figures out there.

So, no matter where you are in the world, take a moment to celebrate the father figures in your life on this special day. Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas to surprise your father.

Personalized Gifts

Consider items like custom mugs, photo frames, or keychains with a personal touch to make your dad feel special.

Tech Gadgets

If your dad loves technology, a new smartphone, smartwatch, or headphones could be a great choice.


For the dad who loves to read, a bestseller or a book by his favorite author can be a thoughtful gift.


A nice shirt, a traditional shalwar kameez, or even a comfortable pair of shoes might be appreciated.

Experience Gifts

Plan a day out with your dad doing something he loves, like fishing, hiking, or visiting a museum.


Treat your dad to a special meal at his favorite restaurant or cook for him at home. A basket of gourmet treats or a cake could be a sweet surprise.

Health and Wellness

Fitness trackers, gym memberships, or massage vouchers are great for dads who prioritize their health.

Hobby-Related Items

If your dad has a hobby, getting him something related to it, like golf clubs or gardening tools, shows you pay attention to his interests.


A subscription to a magazine, streaming service, or a monthly gift box can be a gift that keeps on giving.

Handwritten Letters

Sometimes, a heartfelt letter expressing your appreciation can be the most meaningful gift of all.

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