INTERNATIONAL DAUGHTERS DAY
International Daughters Day on the fourth Sunday in September celebrates the girl child.
The observance originated in India where, even today, some cultures see girl children as burdens. Families with daughters carry a stigma. The celebration helps eliminate traditions which help to maintain the view of a girl child as a burden. Some underdeveloped countries still practice these traditions.
However, the rest of the world may view the day as a classic celebration. While families may approach the day as an opportunity to be thankful for the life of a girl child, daughters may approach the day differently. They may take the time to celebrate being a daughter and the family she has. Many spend the day with family and look forward to making memories with loved ones.
As varied as the celebrations, our daughters come with a variety of personalities, too. While one is spunky and adventurous, another will outwit us in a second. They win our hearts immediately. Our instincts may tell us to protect them. However, they’re more likely to protect us just as fiercely. Daughters simply deserve to grow and learn and explore like any other person in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDaughtersDay
Celebrate your daughter. Spend the day with your daughters. Allow them to teach you something you didn’t already know. Listen to their aspirations. No matter their age, look forward to where your daughters will take you. Adventures lay before you. Share them using #InternationalDaughtersDay to share on social media.
INTERNATIONAL DAUGHTERS DAY HISTORY
The observance began in India as a way to eliminate the stigma associated with giving birth to a daughter. In some parts of the world, male children have more value than female children. This day promotes equal value for both boy and girl children. Girls can be and should be educated and provided equal opportunities.
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