THE ORIGIN OF FATHER'S DAY
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The Origin of Father’s Day
The third Sunday in
June is one that is largely celebrated by families around the world.
Of course, this day is Father’s Day, a time when we take a moment to
appreciate the special men in our lives and thank them for all that
they do. And even though store shelves stock up on many different
Father’s Day presents almost immediately after Mother’s Day, which
falls the month before it, it’s a fairly recent addition to the
The first Father’s Day was created by
Sonora Dodd in Spokane, Washington. Sonora created the first
Father’s Day in 1910. Sonora saw that fathers deserved to be
celebrated and appreciated in the same way that mothers are. And so,
she reserved this day for it. Sonora wanted to especially thank her
dad for raising her and her five siblings after her mother’s death.
And although Sonora declared the day as “Father’s Day” in 1910, it
wasn’t until Richard Nixon became President of the United States
that the day became a national holiday. President Nixon kept the day
as the third Sunday in June because this had special meaning for
Sonora. It was her father’s birthday.
Even after President Nixon declared the
day a holiday however, there were still not the elaborate
celebrations that are put into place today. The first Father’s Day
celebrations were held in churches and the father’s, or the family
of father’s, were given roses. Red roses were handed out to fathers
who attended the service while white roses were given out to family
members that had lost their fathers. These flowers had also been
traditionally used to celebrate the day even before President
Nixon’s time. They were so well known in fact that in 1924, a Sunday
School class in Pennsylvania dedicated a different flower to
commemorate the day. The flower they chose was a dandelion. This
flower was chosen for slightly comical reasons as this flower is
known for growing the more that it becomes trampled on.
The holiday of Father’s Day has also
changed in other ways over the years. Although once it was reserved
for only fathers, the modern day family has changed all of that.
Today brothers, uncles, and every other kind of special man in a
person’s life can be celebrated on Father’s Day.
Men around the world can thank Sonora
Dodd and her father for that third Sunday in June when we can all
take a moment to appreciate our dads. And this year, why not bring
back a little of the old traditions and greet your dad with a red
rose – then tell him he should be thankful that it’s not a