The Origin of Father’s Day

Father's Day

Via The NY Times

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. It is a holiday celebrated worldwide,  honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In the US, and in many other countries, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Some might figure that a holiday celebrating such an essential part of life would have been around for ages, but it only just became an official holiday about three decades ago.

How did Father’s Day come about? Most historians agree that it was created to complement Mother’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1908. There are many people who claim responsibility for the holiday’s creation. However, most people credit Father’s Day to a woman, believe it or not, by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd.

 

Sonora Smart Dodd

Via Boone County YMCA

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