Zimbabwe has today joined the world in commemorating Father’s Day in honour and celebration of fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
The day, which was inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day, is celebrated worldwide and typically involves giving gifts and special dinners to fathers.Â
Zimbabwean mothers say fathers are a special component of their lives.
â€œFathers are an integral part of our society. They help in the bearing of children, their nurturing and being sources of wisdom even in governance,â€ said one mother.
The children also say they love daddy who is their all time hero.
â€œMy dad is my hero and I donâ€™t know where I would have been if it was not for him,â€ one school pupil said.
Most of all the fathers themselves say it is a day that makes them feel appreciated.
â€œIt really shows that we are an important part of the society. As a father, I really feel happy to realise that the society really appreciates our worth in the world through celebrating on this day,â€ said one father.
Indeed, the day with its gifts and other forms of appreciation speaks volumes; dad is the hero of the family and the toast of the day on Fathersâ€™ Day.