Father’s Day

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Father’s Day

June 16

Significance of Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the third Sunday of June. It is a day that commemorates fatherhood and appreciates all fathers and father-figures (including grandfathers, great-grandfathers, stepfathers, and foster fathers) as well as their contribution to society.

History of Father’s Day

The History of Father’s Day 2019 dates back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honour the man (a civil war veteran William Jackson Smart) who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day, which would mirror Mother’s Day but be celebrated in June, her dad’s birthday month.

It is said that she was inspired after hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, and she therefore told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them. A bill to nationally recognise the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, with the fear that it would just another commercialized holiday. The movement grew for years but only became popular national in 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge.

The holiday gained population during World War II, with most men leaving their families to fight in the war. In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be celebrated by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two attempts to formally recognize the holiday had earlier been rejection by Congress. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Traditions of Father’s Day 2019

Traditionally, families gather to celebrate the father figures in their lives. Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions.

Many people send or give cards or traditionally masculine gifts such as sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance. In the days and weeks leading to Father’s Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers. Additionally, the US Open golf tournament is scheduled to finish on Father’s Day.

When is Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day 2019 is not a federal holiday and falls on the third Sunday of June. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Sunday

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Date:
June 16