This is how Internet users marked #Father’s Day on Twitter

Father’s Day is celebrated every third Sunday in June in several parts of the world. On June 19th this year, big brands and celebrities celebrated Father’s Day on their social media accounts to celebrate the bond of fatherhood, fatherly duties and everything in between.

While Google marked Father’s Day with a touching animated doodle showing two hands – one of a child and the other of a father – indulging in activities such as baking and painting, Mumbai police referred to popular dialogue performed by characters in Bollywood films playing father figures to refer to the indicate road safety.

In America, Father’s Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who raised his six children as a single parent. Dodd was inspired by Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, to initiate Father’s Day celebrations in their church. She wanted to honor the sacrifices fathers made for their families.

It is interesting to note that different countries celebrate Father’s Day on different dates. In many European countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19 because it coincides with the birthday of Saint Joseph, who was the legal father of Jesus Christ. In countries like Spain, Estonia and Lithuania, Father’s Day is a national holiday, but it is observed on different days according to local traditions.

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In 1972, the administration of then US President Richard Nixon declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Since then, thanks to US cultural supremacy, the third Sunday in June has been unofficially celebrated as Father’s Day in many parts of the world.

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