What is Father’s Day?

June 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Inspirational, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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What do you think of when Father’s Day is mentioned? Dads, of course, maybe barbecue grills, lawn mowers, and power tools. We all think of cards and food, and how most fathers on this day of the year would rather be fishing in solitude. Instead, they are smack dab in the middle of the bed, eating soggy toast made by one child while the other child spills the orange juice all over the place.

Photo Credit: tipjunkie.com

Photo Credit: tipjunkie.com

Surprisingly, and like most things, this holiday has a history, though it is debatable as to the exact time and place of the original Father’s Day. Since there are so many theories, we’ll settle with the most repeated local history of Father’s Day in the United States.

History of Father’s Day

According to artofmanliness.com, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 after a daughter of a widower came up with the idea to honor our fathers as well as our mothers.  Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to the Mother’s Day sermon in church, and she began to wonder why fathers were not celebrated; they certainly deserve it. Her own mother passed away giving birth to her 6th child, leaving Dodd’s father to raise the children alone. He took care of all the things that both parents normally handle together.

Dodd suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death, to be the official date, but due to poor planning the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June. In 1966 the third Sunday in June was designated as the day to celebrate fathers, but it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day was recognized as an official national holiday.

Photo Credit: tiptoptens.com

Photo Credit: tiptoptens.com

Now You Know…

So, now you know a brief history of Father’s Day. Our dads work hard to provide for their families, so don’t forget to celebrate them and honor them on this special day of the year. Happy Father’s Day!

Photo Credit: printactivities.com

Photo Credit: printactivities.com

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