Parents’ Day 2018
Parents’ Day 2018 is celebrated on Sunday, July 22nd. Parents’ Day does not have a fixed date.
When Do We Celebrate Parents’ Day?
Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July in the U.S. South Korea celebrates Parents’ Day on May 8th. In the Philippines the first Monday in December is the date of the holiday. The U.N. has designated June 1st as “Global Parents’ Day”.
Parents’ Day was first established in South Korea in 1973. In 1994 President Clinton appointed the day as a holiday in the U.S. Senator Trent Lott introduced the bill that President Clinton signed into law. The move was backed by the Unification Church, who already celebrated Parents’ Day, albeit, on a different day.
Why Do We Celebrate Parents’ Day
In the U.S., Parents’ Day is a day to recognize parents and their relationship with their children. It is a celebration of parental role models, responsible parents, and love and unity of family members.
In South Korea, Parents’ Day was celebrated as early as the 1930’s in Christian communities. It eventually became Mother’s Day. It was officially named as Mother’s Day by the State Council of South Korea in 1956. When it became apparent that Fathers were being left out, the day was changed to Parents’ Day on March 30, 1973 by presidential decree. The week of May 8th was once used to show respect to elders, but in 1997 that designation was moved to October.
Just like South Korea, Parents’ Day was originally Mother’s Day in the Philippines. In 1937, the issue of Father’s Day was raised. Instead of having separate days for parents, President Quezon declared that Mother’s Day would be Parents’ Day. In 1980, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day were separated with Mother’s Day remaining on Monday and Father’s Day being moved to the Sunday before Mother’s Day. The holidays were combined again in 1998, but it is not widely celebrated in the Philippines.
The United Nations said Global Day of Parents was a day “to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship”.