Everyone is preparing for Father’s Day 2023 all across the world. It will be observed on June 18 this year. Father’s Day should ideally be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. As the name implies, it is a day set aside to praise fathers and give fatherhood credit for playing such a significant role in everyone’s lives.
When was Father’s Day first observed?
Father’s Day originated in the United States before becoming a global holiday. In the United States, Father’s Day was first celebrated in 1910. On June 19, 1910, the state of Washington observed the inaugural Father’s Day. Father’s Day was created after Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday by US President Woodrow Wilson. A day was designated to recognise fathers in light of the establishment of a day to honour mothers.
The effort of a child raised by a male parent is celebrated on Father’s Day.
According to sources, Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington and her five siblings were reared by a widower. Father Day was created as a result of Sonora’s efforts to create a day to honour fathers. Making Father’s Day a success started with raising awareness in the local churches and stores. Father’s Day was thereafter noted on the calendar in this manner.
Disputes around Father Day
Father Day celebrations were frowned upon in society. It was considered less macho to respond by designating a day for fathers and honouring them by sending them presents and flowers. As with the mother’s day choice, the reaction to the father day decision was not favourable. A historian claims that “they scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products-often paid for by the father himself.”
Did you realise that Americans spend over $1 million on Father’s Day festivities?
Richard Nixon declared Father Day a federal holiday in 1972. According to reports, Father Day celebrations and gifts cost more than $1 million in the United States, the country where the holiday first gained popularity.
Father Day began as a religious celebration before expanding to incorporate other events. Sending presents and flowers on Father Day has become commercialised in recent years. up this day, not just fathers but also those who take up fatherly responsibilities are acknowledged.