When is Fathers Day? Fathers Day is Celebrated on the third Sunday of June in the UK and many countries across the world. It honors the role and influence of fathers in society. It also complements Mother’s Day.
Have you ever wondered what the History of father’s Day was and when we begun to celebrate it?
History of Fathers Day
This celebration’s history began at the beginning of the 20th century in Spokane, Washington, USA. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd imagined this Day while listening to a sermon at Mother’s Day in the Methodist Church in Spokane. It was a Sunday, and she thought about a holiday honoring her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, whose wife died when was Sonora was 16 and he had to take care of six children alone.
The next year, on 19 June, 1910, Sonora together with the help of the Spokane Ministerial Association and of the Young Male’s Christian Association organized a tribute to fathers by going to church wearing a red rose for a living father or a white rose for a deceased one. Sonora herself travelled through the city in a covered carriage offering gifts to shut-in fathers. This was the first time Father’s Day was observed in history.
But it took many years for this holiday to become official. Despite support from Christian organizations, the holiday was satirized as being shallow and commercial. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Lyndon Johnson, as well as Senator Margaret Chase Smith intervened in favor of the Father’s Day, but it was all futile. Only in 1972, President Nixon’s proclamation made it a national holiday. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year.
But when is Father’s Day celebrated outside the United States? Most countries have on the same day as the Americans, but besides those 51, it varies from country to country and dates can be found throughout the year. In Serbia it is January 6, in Russia is February 23, in Italy, Portugal and Spain it is March 19, in Romania on the second Sunday of May, in Austria and Belgium on the second Sunday of June, in Brazil on the second Sunday of August, in Australia on the first Sunday of September and so on.
So, when is Father’s Day? Well it may differ around the world, but it is present everywhere, a fact that certifies for its importance and necessity. And, furthermore, just like Mother’s Day and any other event as such, need to be celebrated every day by respecting our parents and those around us.