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Father's Day is a beautiful festival that acknowledges and
appreciates the important role played by a father in raising
the child and consequently building a stronger society.
Though fathers have been revered at all times by
civilizations across the globe ironically what was missing
until the last century was the official recognition of the
significance of fathers in ones life. Father's Day story is
the tale of realization of the need for a Father's Day
festival primarily by Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of
Washington. The story narrates Sonora's unflagging struggle
to officially set a day to honor all fathers. Thanks to
Sonora, today Fathers Day is celebrated in a large number of
countries around the world.
The Beginning of Father's Day Story
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to
celebrate Father's Day even thousands of years ago. Their
study say that 4,000 years ago in Babylon a son called
Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card. In his
message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life.
There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son
duo but it is believed that several countries retained the
custom of celebrating Father's Day.
Genesis of Father's Day in Modern Society
The tradition of celebrating Father's Day as seen today
originated in the last century. Though there are several
people who are credited for furthering the cause of Father's
Day, there is far greater acceptance for Ms Sonora Louise
Smart Dodd's contribution. A doting daughter from Spokane,
Washington, Ms Dodd is recognized as the Founder or Mother
of the Father's Day Festival.
Inception of the Father's Day took place in Sonora's mind
when she happened to hear a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora, who was 27 then, had begun to recognize the
hardships her father must have gone through while bringing
up his six children alone. When Sonora was 16, her mother
had died during childbirth. Sonora's father a Civil War
veteran by the name of William Jackson Smart raised six
children including the newborn on his own. Sonora questioned
that if there is a day to recognize mothers then why is not
there a day to honor fathers?
Many people laughed and joked at Sonora's idea. But her will
did not droop. She began a sincere campaign lobbying for the
cause of Father's Day. Her hard work began to show signs of
success when Spokane celebrated its first Father's Day on
June 19, 1910 with the support of Spokane Ministerial
Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association
(YMCA). To pay tribute to her affectionate father, Sonora
wished that Father's Day be celebrated on her father's
birthday on June 5, but it so happened that there was not
enough time for preparation and the day came to be
celebrated on third Sunday in the month of June.
The noble idea of celebrating Father's Day became quite
popular in US so much so that President Woodrow Wilson
approved of the festival in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge
too supported the idea but it was President Lyndon Johnson
who signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third
Sunday of June as Father's Day in 1966. Then in 1972,
President Richard Nixon established a permanent national
observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of
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