Reciprocate your father’s love and sacrifice on his magnanimous day!
Pix: Family father figure and awesome dad for life: “I may find a prince, but daddy will always be my king!”
As we celebrated moms the world over, let us not forget the countless sacrifices and contributions of fathers, single dads, grandparents, and also our forefathers. A mother’s work may never be done, but a father’s job is equally as challenging and cumbersome as well. In addition to being natural-born leaders, fathers are often a towering figure in many families. They are often perceived as the epitome of strength and fortitude within most households. The father is also viewed as the caretaker and breadwinner, whilst the mother is the caregiver and homemaker. Fathers are generally revered as a symbol of strength, and are worshipped for their unwavering passion and focus towards their goals and commitment in life.
Fathers literally shield and protect their family members from calamities and adversities, be it physical or economical. Many extended families also encompass immediate members as well as distant relatives. Dads bring home the money while moms tend the home. Such stereotypical and myopic view or perception of the traditional family still exists, and they continue to apply in today’s patriarchal society. Father’s Day is essentially a celebration of the coming of age of the family patriarch. It is also a time to ponder upon the role and responsibility of fathers – via their unconditional sacrifice and contribution towards family, community and society. Although fathers generally do not show or display as much emotions when compared with mothers, but deep down they care just as much for their children and their loved ones. Father’s Day is also a great opportunity to reconcile any conflicts or differences with your old man, and to make it up to your family’s saviour and protector. Love and loyalty may not be highly rated in some father’s book, yet daddies deserve equal attention as mommies receive on Mother’s Day!
In Malaysia, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 18 annually. It is that time of the year to recognize fathers and father figures who have inspired and influenced us throughout our lives. It is usually celebrated with novelty gifts such as wrist watches, tech gadgets, branded toiletries, household appliances, gardening tools, and niche paraphernalia which are considered manly and macho. You could also get him that mystery present which he has always yearned, or surprise him with a fancy dinner to express your filial piety for your beloved man of the house. Pampering him with a gentleman’s makeover such as a visit to the salon or a trip to the spa is also a bonus. But most importantly, make the effort to spend quality time with your dad. Do not forget to give him a big surprise on his special day. So let us all celebrate our father figures nationwide in ushering Happy Father’s Day!