Father's Day is the wide celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, the paternal bond, and a father's influence in society. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother's Day.
The first person to come up with the idea for Father’s Day was Sonora Dodd of Washington. She thought of it while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She wanted there to be a special day to honor her father, William Smart.
Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed. His wife had died while giving birth to their sixth child. Smart was left to raise the newborn and five other children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
Once Sonora became an adult, she realized the selflessness her father had shown by raising his children as a single parent. Her father had made many parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.
Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. But it was President Lyndon Johnson who signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day. President Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.
Father's Day Quotes
''It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.'' - Anne Sexton
''I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.'' - Sigmund Freud
''That is the thankless position of the father in the family- the provider for all, and the enemy of all.'' - J. August Strindberg
''A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.'' - Enid Bagnold
''It is a wise father that knows his own child.'' - William Shakespeare