Brief History Of Father’s Day
Interestingly enough, Father’s Day was established by a woman. Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman from the state of Washington, was raised by her father after her mother died in childbirth with her sixth child.
In 1908, Mother’s Day
was already established though not as an official holiday yet. Knowing from her own experience that fatherhood deserved recognition too, Sonora approached government officials and local religious leaders to share her idea of celebrating Father’s Day.
Eventually, Sonora Smart Dod succeeded. Initially, she wanted this holiday to be celebrated on June 5, her father’s birthday. But the Ministerial Alliance decided that Father’s Day would be celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June.
Creating Father’s Day was not easy. But it was even harder to get it recognized and celebrated among people. Unlike Mother’s Day
which gained popularity quite quickly and became a national holiday in 1914, it took Father’s day decades to be widely recognized and celebrated.
It was only in 1972 that Father’s Day was established as a national holiday in the US.
Now, this holiday is celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A number of other countries, including India, Mexico, Argentina, France, and Greece, celebrate Father’s Day too.