News ID: 190550
Published: 0333 GMT April 09, 2017

Iranians to celebrate Father's Day

Iranians to celebrate Father's Day

Iranian people will celebrate Father’s Day on Tuesday (13th day of Rajab — the seventh month of the lunar calendar) marking the birth anniversary of the first Imam of Shia Muslims, Imam Ali (PBUH), who is considered a symbol of justice and courage.

Imam Ali (PBUH) is a key figure in the history of Islam. He was the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and son of the prophet's uncle Abu Talib (PBUH) and the first person who accepted Islam.

Father's Day is a national holiday in Iran. On this day, many seek ways to ways to thank and honor their fathers for having a positive impact on their upbringing. They take the opportunity to spend more time with their fathers and grandfathers, often expressing their gratitude and paying respects with a small token gift.

Iranians believe the father is someone who is always there to trust and depend on, irrespective of one's age.

Father's Day is celebrated worldwide on a variety of dates to recognize the contribution of fathers and fatherly figures to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.

Many people make a special effort on the day for their fathers or fatherly figures. Some people visit their fathers, while others give cards, flowers or other gifts, such as clothing or sporting equipment, or luxury food items.

Father's Day is a relatively modern holiday, so the tradition varies among families. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all fatherly figures in an extended family.

Fatherly figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.

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