Father’s Day is this Sunday and will be celebrated by families all around the world. While your dad probably enjoys being showered with gifts and love, beer, barbecue, and world cup may come to your mind, but ever thought why do we celebrate this day?
It is actually a celebration with complex, religious origins! And to your surprise, it was arguably fueled by the women’s liberation movement that began during the 60s. The history of Father’s Day is quite long and controversial. So what is this day, and how did it originate?
So what started being celebrated first? Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day actually came first. It was started being celebrated as far back as the 1860s and a national holiday was declared for this day in 1914. This paved the way for Father’s Day.
The history and origin of Father’s Day date back to 1908 when a church in West Virginia held a sermon to honour 362 men who were killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion. This was the country’s first ever event to strictly honour fathers, but it was just a one-and-done thing. Nothing really came of it.
Another incident that leads to the start of Father’s Day was in the following year. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd started her quest to establish the day for fathers as a national holiday. Dodd was one of six raised by her single father and thought fathers should be honored the same way as mothers. After a year of petitioning her local community and government, Dodd’s home state of Washington celebrated its first official day for father’s June 19, 1910. Over the years, the celebration of Father’s Day spread from state to state and, after a long fight, it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 when President Nixon signed it into law.
For this day to actually become recognized it took more than 60 years from the birth of the idea to the D-day being recognized as a federal holiday.
It is also said that during the 1920s and 1930s, there was a national movement to get rid of both Father’s and Mother’s Day and replace them with one “Parent’s Day.” Beyond that, some men didn’t even want a day for them, to begin with. Some saw it as a “Hallmark” holiday invented for the sole purpose of a commercial gimmick. Others saw it as an attempt by society to squash manliness.
The answer to “what is Father’s Day” also varies slightly around the world. Today, this day celebrated on different days in different countries. For example, in Europe, the United States, and the majority of other countries, the holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. In South America, it is on March 19. In Australia and Fiji, it falls on the first Sunday in September.
Now that you know the history of this beautiful day for fathers, you’re probably wondering what to get your dad to celebrate. This father’s day just let them relax and reduce stress.
Happy Father’s Day!