RIGA - Latvian Children and Family Affairs Minister Ainars Bastiks, pointed out the need to introduce a Father's day in Latvia, after congratulating families on the first Latvian Family Day.
Family Day as an official holiday on May 15 was celebrated in Latvia for the first time, Taivo Trams, the public relations specialist of Latvian Children and Family Affairs Ministry.
It is still not easy to be a family in Latvia, which is why the people, who do not primarily think about their convenience, choose to establish families, Bastiks said.
Bastiks believes that true traditional family cannot be imagined without a mother and a father, where each of the parents provides a role model for their gender and help children grow up more balanced.
"We approve of the mothers. Now, the Family Day is a holiday as well. Yet, the father has still been left unnoticed and underestimated. To correct the situation and give approving evaluation to the fathers that perform their duties with love and conscience, a new tradition of Father's Day celebrations should be introduced in Latvia," Bastiks said.
The Children and Family affairs minister invited the society to discuss whether the Father's Day is necessary and when could it be celebrated.