Origins of Father's Day
Origins of Father's Day
Father's Day was first proposed in 1909 by Sonora Smart Dodd, inspired by a church service celebrating Mother's Day. She envisioned a day to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart.
First Father's Day Celebration
First Father's Day Celebration
The inaugural Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Dodd's efforts to promote the holiday included support from local churches, the YMCA, and shopkeepers.
Resistance to Official Recognition
Resistance to Official Recognition
Despite its popularity, Father's Day faced opposition for decades. Critics viewed it as an attempt to commercialize parental love. Congress was lobbied frequently, yet they resisted, fearing commercialization.
Presidential Proclamation
Presidential Proclamation
It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
Legal Establishment
Legal Establishment
Following Johnson's proclamation, it took another six years before President Richard Nixon signed the law in 1972, making Father's Day a permanent national holiday.
Global Perspectives
Global Perspectives
Around the world, Father's Day is celebrated on various dates and in different ways. In Thailand, it is held on the king's birthday, reflecting the nation's deep respect for the monarchy.
Unconventional Celebrations
Unconventional Celebrations
In Germany, Father's Day, known as Männertag, is marked by groups of men going hiking with wagons of beer. The tradition is rooted in 18th-century celebrations of fatherhood and manliness.
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Who first proposed Father's Day?
William Jackson Smart
President Richard Nixon
Sonora Smart Dodd