Father’s Day


Sunday, June 19 is Father’s day. Father’s Day has been celebrated for the past 112 years.

First Father’s Day

The first Father’s day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington, founded by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father was a civil war veteran who raised his six children in Arkansas on his own. She initially wanted Father’s day to be celebrated on the 5th due to her fathers birthday being that day. Later on in 1957 senator Margaret Chase Smith accused congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years and only honoring mothers – leaving one parent out. In 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson designated the 3rd Sunday in June as Father’s day. Then six years later Richard Nixon made Father’s day a permanent national holiday and signed it into a law in 1972.

Father’s day internationally

84 countries celebrate Father’s day on every 3rd of June. In Spain and Italy Father’s day is celebrated on March 19th due to the Feast of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers. In Germany it’s on Ascension Day. Which is when they honor the ascension (rise) of Jesus in heaven. And in Taiwan it’s celebrated on August 8th. In chinese the word for 8 is ‘ba’ which is used for the word ‘ba-ba’ which means daddy/father. That’s why they celebrate on 8/8.

Just like Sonora, some might have only one parent to take care of them still. Mother or father tell them how much you appreciate them and maybe cook them breakfast, massage their feet, or just a simple “Happy Father’s Day, I love you” can mean the world to them.