Around 80 percent of Malaysians celebrate Father’s Day, but it’s not a very “big” holiday for most. Father’s Day here is not a public holiday, so most celebrations and gift giving take place before school and work, or in the evening once everyone is home.
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Around half of fathers in Malaysia receive no Father’s Day present, and Mother’s Day is a much more celebrated holiday. Nonetheless, with many, there is at least an observance of the day in the form of a Father’s Day card or words of affection to their father. Some will have a special family time at home or get out on the town to celebrate.
Father’s Day was first celebrated in the US in the early twentieth century. Over the next decades it grew in popularity across the country and was exported across the world.
Then as now, the holiday provided a special opportunity to honour fathers, while also providing a lucrative new marketing and spending season for shops and restaurants.