In the United States, Godparents Day is the first Sunday in June. On this day, godparents are honored for the role they play in the lives of their godchildren. This celebration is observed by Christians of different denominations.
In Christianity, a godparent is a person who makes a profession of faith at a baptism for another person, who can be either a child or an adult. Through the rite of baptism, the person becomes a godchild, and godparents have certain responsibilities. For example, if a child is being baptized, a godparent promises to ensure that the child's religious education will not be neglected if the parent is not able to carry out this duty.
Different denominations have different requirements. For example, in the Catholic Church, godparents must be practicing Catholics that are at least 16 years old and have received the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Although some Protestant denominations may also require godparents at a child's baptism, others do not have this requirement.
Godparents can be either male or female. In some Christian churches, a godfather and godmother is required for baptism. A godparent is also called a sponsor. This word comes from the Latin "spondere," which means "to promise."