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The history behind Father’s Day

The history behind Father’s Day


He who guides us through the right paths of life – our fathers are our icon, a huge support and our pillar of strength. This special man toils hard just to secure our future and to ensure that we derive all pleasures of life. Father’s Day is celebrated to recognize the hardships and the struggles a father undertakes for his child’s growth and upbringing. It is an occasion to realize and recognize those endless pains, honor him and pay our gratitude to this very special human being.

This idea of observing a day to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father’s Day observance to honor all fathers. Sonora Smart Dodd who was raised by his father, after her mother passed away, wanted him to know how special he was to her. As her father, William Jackson Smart, was born on the month of June, she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In the year 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Later, Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson made a proclamation that the third Sunday of June is to be celebrated as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon finalized the proclamation. Thus Father’s Day observance was made official. Till date, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday in June. 52 of the world’s countries celebrate this occasion to commemorate fatherhood. In the year 2020, Father’s Day is on 21st June.

On Father’s day, children express and convey their deepest feelings of heart to their fathers. Father’s Day may not be one of those hallmark holidays, but certainly is a day when we take some time out to show appreciation to the most influential person in our lives, our dad. Children take this opportunity to do something special for the special man. Although this idea of ‘making the day special’ differ from person to person, country to country, yet the essence of the occasion remains the same. Organizing some special events, indulging in fun filled activities or sports or preparing the favorite dish for him are some of the most unique ideas that will make your daddy feel loved and appreciated.

Celebration of a special occasion demands something exclusive and there are ample ideas to make the celebration memorable. Gifts play a vital role in this regard. Gifts, when enfolded with heartfelt emotions, rightly renders the feeling of the soul. Likewise, on Father’s Day, gifts are the best way to express your love and respect to that special man. Traditional gifts like Flowers, Chocolates Kente Cloth or Greeting Cards are one of the most favored gift idea on Father’s day. Along with this, present some thoughtful gifts that will surprise and elate him. Electronic Appliances and Men’s Accessories are also fine ideas. 

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