As the name suggests, Family Day is an event that is intended to allow loved ones to take a respite from their daily lives and spend quality time together. One of the best things about this occasion is that there is no single “requirement” for the activities to be celebrated; Family Day is flexible as it is relaxing.
Unsurprisingly, this day is held at different times of the year within different parts of the world. Still, the overall intention is the same. As all of us are leading increasingly hectic schedules, this day is intended to give us a bit of leisure time outside of the “hustle and bustle” of our routines.
Some may choose to have a festive meal together while others can instead attend a religious event or simply take a picnic. Either way, this day is one of the best ways to remind us of the importance of family in our lives.
Learn about Family Day
As the name indicates, Family Day is a date for us all to pay tribute and honor to our families. Often, we do not appreciate our families as much as we should. This is because we spend so much time with them and we are so used to this that we do not take a step back and reflect on everything that they do for us. Family Day gives you the opportunity to do this.
Of course, not all families are related by blood. There are step families. There are also families that you have inherited along the way. They may have even done more for you than your own family has ever done. Not all families are created equally, after all. And, this is okay! It is all about celebrating family and what this means to you.
We should all love our families, even if they annoy us at times! After all, families are always there for us. Through the good and the bad, you can always count on your family to be there. Families also love you for who you are, and they support you through everything.
Knowing that you have your family behind you to support you can help you to go for the things that you really want in life. Plus, families provide for their children. It does not matter whether your family had a lot or not, they probably did all that they could to put food on the table and make sure that you had the best life possible. This is something that is definitely worth honoring and paying tribute to, right? If that was not enough, families also raise us to be the best person that we can be.
We all carry a piece of our parents with us wherever we go. It could be your laugh, your courage, your determination, or your kindness; the chances are, some of these qualities have come from your parents or even other members of your family that you look up to. Also, think about all of the great laughs and memories that we have shared with our family members along the way! That thought is enough to make a lot of people smile.
You can use family day to show your parents and other family members just how much they mean to you. There are a number of easy yet meaningful ways that you can do this. It can be as simple as just telling them how you feel. You can also share a fond memory with them, spend time with them, help around the house, or cook them a tasty meal. It is up to you!
History of Family Day
Family Day is celebrated all over the world. In fact, in some countries it is celebrated as a public holiday. This includes Songkran in Thailand, as well as in the Australian Capital Territory, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Uruguay, the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona, a number of different Canadian provinces, and in South Africa as well.
How to celebrate Family Day
There are many different ways that you can celebrate Family Day! We recommend spending some time with the ones that you love. There are some great films that center on families. If you have never seen the Disney film Lilo and Stitch, this is definitely a good movie to put on during Family Day.
It follows a family that is broken, damaged, but held together by love. You have some amazing quotes that will make you smile and warm your heart. Two of the most well-known come from Stitch, an illegally-made, genetically-engineered, extraterrestrial life form that looks like a blue koala. He says:
“Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
“This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah. Still good.”
There are plenty of other ways that you can have fun with your family on this date. You could relive something that you all used to enjoy doing while you were younger. Why not take a walk together or grab some ice cream? It is up to you. You don’t need to spend a lot. It is all about spending some quality time together. If you and your family live together at the moment, why not commit to turning social media and smartphones off for the day and purely spend some time with one and other?
If you are not able to spend time with your family on this day because you live too far away, or for any other reason, this does not mean that you can’t show your family how much you love them and how much they mean to you.
Why not send them a lovely card to show your appreciation? Or, simply pick up the phone or arrange a video call over Skype or WhatsApp? You don’t have to find a lot of time to make your family feel loved and to let them know just how much they mean to you.
It is important to remember that there are going to be a lot of people who do not have family. This could be because their parents have passed away. It could be because their family abandoned them and they have always been on their own.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people across the world that aren’t blessed with the best of families, for one reason or another. It is great to find the time to check on these people on Family Day, as they may be finding it difficult. Let them know that while you may not be their family, you are always going to be there for them. We are sure that this will mean a lot!