Tomorrow June 16th is Father’s Day and this day will give us the chance to celebrate fatherhood by thanking the most important man in our life. It is an excellent opportunity to visit our father or have him over for a nice cooked meal. Gifts are often offered either bought or, by the little ones, handmade.
A little bit of history
Set on the third day of June in many countries, including Canada and the U.S., Father’s Day was installed in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day.
The idea came from Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1910. Now celebrated in over thirty countries over the world, this popular holiday wouldn’t have been founded without the love for her father, determination, and tenacity of Ms. Smart.
Her father, William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left taking care of his six children after his wife died while giving birth to their last child. After hearing a Sunday sermon on Mother’s Day in 1909, Ms Smart thought that, since it existed a day to honor mothers everywhere, it could be a good idea to implement a day to pay tribute to fathers, as well.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of celebrating Father’s Day. However, it took fifty years for the day to get recognized as an official holiday.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the third Sunday of June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it took another 6 years, in 1972 during the Nixon administration, to recognized it as a national holiday.
A Father’s Day infographic
Fathers are more and more involved in their children’s lives and this infographic below, powered by Careteen, shares with us a ton of info on the involvement of the modern fathers.
You will find facts that demonstrate the importance of having a father in your life as it can influence who you grow up to be. You will also discover some interesting statistics.
In the meantime, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all fathers!