In South Africa, as in much of the rest of the world, fathers are given special honour once a year on Father’s Day, which comes on the third Sunday of every June.
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The holiday began in the early 1900s in the USA through the influence of a Sonora Dodd and was meant as a complement to Mother’s Day. It has since spread to most countries of the world, including South Africa, although it is not yet an official public holiday here.
Fathers and grandfathers are especially important in South African culture, and it is considered important to let your Dad know how much you appreciate him on Father’s Day. Many people go on a Father’s Day picnic, take him out for a meal, or prepare his favourite foods and drinks at home. Father’s Day gifts are also commonly given by children to their dad.