Father’s Day – Honoring fathers and Celebrating Fatherhood
When it happens: June 16, 2013
Where it happens: In more than 50 countries celebrating the event on the same date
Father’s Day is the celebration that honors fathers, celebrating fatherhood, paternal relations and the influence of fathers in society. Although there is no exact date for this occasion, there are a lot of countries celebrating the event on the third Sunday of June. Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is the day to show thanks and gratitude to your old man, thanking him for his hard work and devotion to your family.
Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the US in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day, which was successfully promoted by Anna Jarvis. Wanting to create a similar successful promotion of a holiday, many thought of promoting the idea of having a “Father’s Day” celebration. There are a lot of several individuals who independently though of this idea, but the credit for this modern holiday is given to Sonora Dodd, the driving force behind its implementation.
The celebration was conceived in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd and its first celebration was in Spokane YMCA on the 19th of June 1910. The idea was conceived when she heard a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909. She suggested to her pastors that fathers should have a similar day to honor them and suggested her father’s birthday, June 5, as the date but the pastors didn’t have enough time so it was moved to the third Sunday of June. At first it didn’t have any successes and it fell into relative obscurity but Dodd promoted the celebration again but this time with the help of several trade groups and businessmen who know they would profit if ever this became successful. Despite resistances as well cynical and sarcastic attacks, they continued to push through and even incorporated the jokes on their adverts.
Eventually, they won but it didn’t become an officially proclaimed holiday until several years later due to Congress resisting its proclamation. It was in 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday of June as the day for Fathers. And in 1972, President Richard Nixon made this into a permanent national holiday by signing it into law.
What to Expect
If you’re a father, you should not really expect something to be given. After all, it is the thought that counts. Thanks, hugs and kisses from your children are more than enough gifts. You can also prepare some simple or lavish feast for the occasion if your family is up to it or just go out with your family for dinner. If you want to give something for your old man, surprise him! Sometimes, appreciation are best shown in sentimental tokens ̶ just simple gifts; they need not be expensive.
So surprise your old man with good parental bonding. So grab a fishing rod, a golf club, or whatever, and spend some quality time with your dad. After all, he won’t always be there forever so show your appreciation like it’s Father’s Day everyday!