Monday, June 10, 2013
June: Father's Day
While researching this celebration for a kernel of new information on Father's Day, it was surprising to find out that a good portion of the world does have some type of day set aside to spend time with dad and honor him with gifts. Many countries celebrate Father's Day in connection with a religious event and even honor godfathers.
The United States was slow to make Father's Day an official holiday. The first Father's Day celebration was cited to be orginated in by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington in 1910. She asked her minister to honor fathers because her father, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent. She wanted him to be treated equally as mothers.
Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak at a Father's Day celebration in 1916. When he returned to D.C., he wanted to make Father's Day an official holiday. Congress stop him. They argued that declaring Father's Day an U.S. holiday would only add to commercialization.
Forty years later, Margaret Chase Smith wrote that Congress was errant by not honoring fathers. She accused them of singling out only one parent [mother] and completely ignoring the role and importance of fathers.
Lyndon Johnson move further than any president in 1966 by getting a Joint Resolution or Congress to honor fathers on the third Sunday of June. Dads finally got their national holiday in 1972 when Richard Nixon signed the law making Father's Day a national holiday occuring on the third Sunday in June.
After going through multiple sights, the history of Father's Day is pretty much like the paragraphs above. The objective of the holiday is to strengthen bonds between a child and his or her father. Make sure your dad knows you appreciate him. If you don't have a dad, hug the man who is your "go to guy."
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