Father’s Day… Where did it come from? How did it come to be? Who came up with the idea of Father’s Day? What is Father’s Day?
To find the answer to these questions you must first start at the beginning. Father’s Day is a celebration that celebrates paternal bonds, fatherhood & the influence of father’s in society. In most cases & countries Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. There are many places that celebrate on other days.
Anna Jarvis Brought Mother’s Day to light in 1908 as a way to honor her own mother. Along with John Wanamaker, Anna Jarvis kept promoting the idea of honoring one’s mother, until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday in 1914.
Father’s Day is a celebration to complement Mother’s Day. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. The first celebration of Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Her Father, a Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children.
Father’s Day did not have much success at first. Mother’s Day had become extremely commercialized by major manufacturers. Americans resisted the holiday, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. By the mid 1980’s the Father’s Day Council (founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers) had used their influence and the Presidential Proclamation Richard Nixon Finally Signed into Law in 1972 to make Father’s Day a recognized Holiday.
Father’s day is simply put, A way to honor the father’s that raise children in our societies.
With that being said, remember that this year Father’s Day is on June 17, 2012. As soon as you wake on the 17th take the time to call your Father and simply say “Happy Father’s Day” this specific holiday had a difficult road to travel in order for the father’s in this world to get recognized for rearing their children…
Happy Father’s Day… to all that read this…