June19th: A Day to Honour our Unsung Heroes – G.S. Thandi

Last issue we talked about the origins of Mother’s Day. This issue, we will discuss Father’s Day, which is on Sunday June 19th. Just like Mother’s day, it is an opportunity to acknowledge what our parent has done for us. In our community, many of our dads are hard-working men who give so much to their families and ask for so little in return. Our fathers, mothers and grandparents all left their country to come to Canada, in order to provide a good life for us.

Those of us born in Canada sometimes get caught up in the day-to-day stresses of life, though really most of them pale in comparison to the stress that comes from leaving one part of the world and moving to another, what no doubt at the time seemed like strange land with its unfamiliar customs and ways of life. I get stressed just moving from one neighbourhood in a city to another – I can’t imagine how tough it would be to move thousands of kilometers from one country to another. A day like Father’s day is a chance to thank our dads for everything they have done for us.

Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. It began in the United States, in the early 1900s, and is now observed around the globe. In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers. So what do you give to the man that probably never asks for anything? Here are a few suggestions.

For the dad that likes to sit back and enjoy a nice drink: alcohol. A great gift as long as dad knows how to drink in moderation. Not a good idea if he can’t. For the dad that loves to cook: barbeque supplies. You can find pre-packaged supplies that consist of all the tools dad will need: tongs, the grill scrubber, etc. Bonus in giving him this gift is you can reap he benefits: nothing beats barbequed tandoori chicken for dinner!

For the dad that still dresses like he did in the 70s and 80s: a new wardrobe. Bring him into the new millennium with some new duds. If he’s a sports fan, consider buying him some local merchandise featuring his favourite sports team. For the dad that loves sport: in addition to sports gear, consider taking dad to a Canucks game, or more affordably, a BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Giants or Abbotsford Heat game.

For the dad that wants nothing more than to spend time with family: order some food and have dinner together. If you are able (and maybe with help from mom and your siblings) make dad’s favourite meal at home.

And then there are the usual standby gifts – ties, dress shirts and tools. Dads can never have enough of those!