News ID: 281060
Published: 0801 GMT February 25, 2021

Iran celebrates Father's Day on birth anniversary of Imam Ali

Iran celebrates Father's Day on birth anniversary of Imam Ali

Iranians celebrated the national Father’s Day on Thursday that marks the 13th day of Rajab, the 7th month of the lunar calendar, and the birth anniversary of Imam Ali (AS), the 1st Imam of Shia Muslims.

Father's Day in the Persian calendar coincides with the birth anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) because, based on the Islamic thoughts, parents are given high status, and the Holy Quran has frequently urged Muslims to honor, respect, obey and serve their parents, Mehr News Agency reported.

Father's Day is a national holiday in Iran. Many seek ways to express their gratitude to their fathers on the occasion by spending more time with their fathers and grandfathers, often expressing their gratitude and paying respects with flowers and presents.

But this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic the occasion was held differently.

Imam Ali (AS), whose birthday is an occasion to celebrate manhood, is respected by both Sunni and Shia Muslims for his honesty, belief, courage, knowledge, loyalty to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and for his devotion to Islam. He is considered a symbol of justice and courage.

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.

According to Press TV, 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.

Resource: MNA
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