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Parent's Day

If May is the month for Mother's day, June is the time for Father's Day celebrations. But even if you miss out any of the celebrations, you can celebrate Parent's Day.


When was it founded?


The holiday is more or less a combination of Mother's Day and Father's Day. This American occasion was formed in 1994 by Bill Clinton, who was then the President of the United Sates.


When is it celebrated?


The holiday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every July. It is observed all over the nation. But it is not a public holiday in the U.S. No institution or office remains closed on this day. Work goes on as usual in the country.


How is the day celebrated?


It is mainly celebrated by children in the U.S. On this day, children across the U.S honor their father and mother for their sacrifices and devotion in bringing them up. They try to make their parents feel special in every way. Many kids wake up early in the morning to prepare breakfast for their parents. They do this to let their parents enjoy a break at least once a year.


Most present their mothers and fathers with flowers, readymade or handmade greeting cards and little gifts. Many children organize private song performances or plays that their parents can enjoy. This is a time when many parents get delicious cakes and other food treats from their children. They return this favor by taking their kids out to a restaurant for dinner. One can not only use this holiday to honor real parents but also any parental figure in his/her life. With the rise of e-greeting cards, it is fashionable to send an e-card to one’s parents and wish Happy Parent’s Day.


Many family members have lunch or dinner together on this day.


How is the holiday promoted?


The occasion is promoted through various cultural and educational activities. These activities attempt to highlight and support the role that parents play in the lives of their children. Organizations such as the United Civil Rights Councils of America organize different activities and events to promote the holiday. All these activities try to show how important parents are in bringing up their children. They make it clear that there should be unconditional love between parents and children.


Symbols


Pictures of flowers are used to promote the holiday.


Where is the holiday celebrated?


It is celebrated most grandly in the United States. The occasion is also observed in countries like South Korea and Vietnam. It is observed in the Republic of Korea on every 8th of May. In Vietnam, it is celebrated on July 7 every year.


Parent’s Day celebrations are still in their initial stages. The occasion was formed only about two decades ago. The holiday is yet not as popular as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It will take some more years to be popular. But the occasion is growing popular with each passing year. The day is not far when every nation will begin observing this beautiful holiday.


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