Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington. It is a tale to realise the importance of Father’s day and give honour to all the fathers. This day is celebrated to honour fatherhood and the hard work and dedication a father does to nourish his family and the sacrifice he does to raise his children and bring out the best in them.
A Gratitude Card to Father
This article is in gratitude to Sonora’s contribution as a well-known founder because Father's day is celebrated in large numbers across the world and it is celebrated every year on 19th June.
History of Father’s Day Story
From the above text, we can sense Sonora’s feeling about marking June 19 as Father's day. Her expression shows her care and adoration towards her father. Now, let us understand the reason she kept a very special day on June 19.
Father’s Day, in the United States, is celebrated (the third Sunday in June) to honour fathers. Credit for originating the holiday is usually given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her 5 siblings after their mom died during childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father.
In 1924, U.S. Pres. Calvin Coolidge gave his support for Father’s day, and in 1966, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation that recognized the day. It became a national holiday in 1972 whilst Pres. Richard Nixon signed legislation designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
Although it was initially in large part a religious holiday, Father’s Day has been commercialised with the sending of greeting cards and the giving of gifts. Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to signify that one’s father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased. Other males—for example, grandfathers or uncles who've assumed parenting roles—are also honoured on the day. Some Roman Catholics have continued to observe the feast day of St. Joseph, on March 19, as a tribute to fathers.
Historians have recorded that there was a culture to celebrate Father's Day even thousands of years ago. Their study revealed that around 4,000 years ago in Babylon, a son named Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card.
In his message, he wished his father a long and healthy life. There is no particular evidence to prove what happened to this father-son duo; however, it is believed that several countries retained the tradition of celebrating Father's Day.
From the above text, we can see that the tradition of celebrating Father's Day originated in the last century. There are uncountable people who are credited for promoting the cause of Father's Day, there is far greater acceptance for Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd's contribution. An adoring (showing that you love someone very much) daughter from Spokane, Washington, Ms Dodd is appreciated as the Founder or Mother of the Father's Day Festival.
1. When was Father’s day marked?
Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. First Father’s day was celebrated in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
2. What is Father's Day and why do we celebrate it?
Father's Day is a day to celebrate father’s role and his contribution to his family.
We celebrate this day by honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Children buy gifts for their fathers on this very special day and wish them to make them feel special.