Wow, I can’t believe it is almost father’s day already! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was baking a chocolate cake and picking out a funny card. Last night I managed to get hold of an adorable one, cute and funny but special. I have a sort of fixation with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and this card was just perfect. Maybe I’ll post it one day.
(So weird that Australia has a different father’s day to other countries, but it was a bit tiring having two father’s day celebrations a year… sorry dad) 🙂
Preparing for father’s day, I got thinking – where did it originate? I was not sure and neither was anyone I asked, so I did a little bit of research between my research on global warming for university. I came up with this.
‘After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, somewanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”,but the credit for the modern holiday is always given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment.
Father’s Day was founded in Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.In 1916, President Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Nixon signed it into law in 1972
well.. there we have it 🙂
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – may it be a blessed day filled with special moments and unforgettable memories!