Father’s Day observes the celebration of your “dad”. This day is a great opportunity to let your father know how much you love and care for him. This day is appropriately the podium for reminding us the sacrifices our father has made for us, as we often tend to forget that.
Father’s Day is a day for honoring not only your father but also all the father figures in your life, like uncles, grand fathers, step fathers and even big brothers. The “father figure” can be loved, respected and also can be looked up for protection and guidance.
Origin of Father’s Day
This day has its social and religious origins. The Roman Catholic Church observes the day as Saint Joseph’s Day (Joseph is the husband of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus Christ).
There is one woman behind the emergence of the day to honor the great man in your life. Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd founded Fathers Day in the United States of America. She was a resident of Spokane in Washington. Being one among six siblings, she was cared by a single father.
Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart was a civil war veteran who single handedly raised his children after the death of their mother. Anna Jarvis’ promotion of Mother’s Day further influenced her to establish a Father’s Day.
The first Fathers day celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington (Mrs. Dodd’s father was born in June). Woodrow Wilson’s family personally honored him on Father’s Day in 1916. However, eight years later, Calvin Coolidge termed it as a national holiday. In 1926, the National Father’s Day committee was formed in New York City. In 1972, the holiday was officially recognized under the presidency of Richard Nixon.
The day is celebrated on different dates all over the world, but the spirit of the day remains the same.
Celebration of Dad’s day
Father’s Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the world. People let their fathers know on this day how much gratitude, love and respect they have for them. Any father figure who makes you feel secure, loved and protected can be honored on this day.
Children make cards and gifts for their dads. This is a wonderful reunion time for many families. People provide their fathers with their favorite breakfast in bed, cards, gifts and fresh flower bouquets. This day is a good day for a get-together. It is also a good idea to help dad out with household chores.
Today, Fathers Day like Mother’s Day has been commercialized to a great extent. Rigorous advertising campaigns take place for marketing gifts, greeting cards, tool kits, gourmet gift baskets and neckties.
It is to be kept in mind that the sentimental factor of the auspicious day should not be lost due to extensive commercialization. Father’s Day has become a universal way of showering love and respect on one’s father.