Happy Father’s Day

Here are some of the fathers in my family history, AND yes, that is me and my dad in the image below.

Scroll past the images to read how Father’s Day got started.

Here is How Father’s Day Got Started!

If you ever felt like Father’s Day is a spin off of its female counterpart, you would be right. During a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA turned her attention away from the preacher and began musing over her father’s unrecognized merits. A Civil War Veteran who single-handedly raised six children after his wife died in childbirth, his selfless determination to care for his family inspired Sonora to spearhead a day of recognition for dads.

Sonora began petitioning in earnest to businesses, churches and city officials for a day commemorating fathers, and a year later, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in June of 1910. Throughout Spokane, WA daughters gave red roses to their fathers who were alive and donned white ones commemorating those who had passed.

Although the city embraced the holiday, and it did spread nationwide, it took a long time to gain traction in comparison to Mother’s Day. One theory is that men resisted it since raising children was traditionally a female responsibility. Regardless, there were a number of false starts before becoming an official holiday. In 1916, 1924, 1938, and 1966 commercial and political movements attempted to institutionalize Father’s Day, but it was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

A few fast facts about Father’s Day:

  • Some latin countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain celebrate on St. Joseph’s day (March 19) paying homage to him as the father of Jesus and reflecting Catholic influence.
  • Evidence suggests that it was celebrated in ancient Babylon
  • India started celebrating in the last decade or so
  • Italy serves up a special puffy pastry called “bigné di San Giuseppe”

Links of Interest:
How did father’s day come to be?
Is Father’s Day a scoffed at the holiday attempting to domesticate manliness?!
Father’s Day turns 100
Father’s Day in India
Father’s Day in Italy (of course)!