In most parts of the world, Father’s Day is observed every year on the third Sunday of June. The day is observed annually to recognise the pivotal role that fathers play in their children’s lives; be it emotionally, mentally or even financially. So, to make their fathers feel special, children on this day shower them with heart-warming cards, gifts and special dinners.
This year, Father’s Day is being celebrated on June 20, and it all began when a young woman wanted to honor her dad. Let’s know when, where and how Father’s Day started…
The original concept of Father’s Day is from America, however, it has gained a lot of prominence in India in the last few years.
The first-ever Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Washington state, although it wasn’t named a national holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Sonora Dodd started this day in memory of her father in Spokane, Washington. She got the inspiration for Father’s Day from Mother’s Day which started in 1909. She and her five siblings were raised by her dad, who was a civil war veteran William Jackson Smart.
Dodd wanted to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She wanted Father’s Day celebrations to be held on 5 June, which was her dad’s birthday.
For the first time in 1966, US President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. He decided to celebrate it on the third Sunday of June.
In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the proposal to celebrate this day. He went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge declared it a national event, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon first declared this day as a regular holiday. He signed the public law that made it a permanent holiday. Since then, Father’s Day has become a time to recognize the many different father figures in our lives.
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