What is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is a celebration of fatherhood. It honors the role of a father in keeping a family united and often contributing to its financial well-being. Across time and cultures, as a general archetypal template, a father is considered to fulfill the role of a guide, mentor and a protector for his progeny. He is inherently accepted as an important member of a family. Studies on human psychology have revealed that when children get to enjoy the company of a responsible and caring father or paternal figure, they turn out to be more confident as they grow up. In Catholic countries, in the Middle Ages, St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) was considered a time to remember fathers and paternal figures. Many modern countries have adopted the custom of USA for celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June; however, some countries do celebrate annually on other dates as per their own customs.
What is the significance of Father’s Day?
A supportive and loving father is an important role model for children. Celebrating Father’s Day recognizes the father’s role in co-creating your life. To receive blessings from your father, grandfather or great-grandfather on Father’s Day is meaningful. Even if it is difficult to spend time with your father or even speak to him, any effort you expend toward being nice to your father on this day has importance. Dr. Pillai has said if it is really difficult to do anything with your father, at least make some effort to honor your ancestors on the father’s side of your family.
It is said when you extend your hands to thank your father for any help he gave toward your upbringing and well-being, you grow up and mature to understand the world, begin to see life from a different perspective and enjoy a unique calmness in your soul. With this gift of happiness, you learn to enjoy life and strengthen your roots.
How you can observe Father’s Day?
The best way to tell your father that you love and respect him is what comes to your mind spontaneously – this could be make a gift that may bring in memories of togetherness, buy a gift that can show your respect for his him, visit him or call him up if you are staying far away. Father’s Day brings you a special chance to find some time for your father and express your sense of gratitude. It is a time to be deeply respectful to a person who has toiled for your well-being and has tried to make the right decisions for your development and in finding the right resources to facilitate it.
How did Father’s Day come to be celebrated in the USA?
Father's Day came to be officially celebrated widely across US on June 19, 1910, through initiative of Sonora Smart Dodd at the YMCA, at Spokane, in Washington. The day was third Sunday in June when sermons were delivered for all the fathers in the city. Dodd wanted to honor her own father who raised her and her 5 siblings single-handedly after her mother died.
The initiation for celebration of Father's Day actually happened on July 5, 1908, through steps taken by Grace Golden Clayton in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when a disaster at a mining site in December, 1907 took away her father as it did from lives of hundreds of children, leaving them fatherless. With the support of a local pastor, Clayton succeeded in her earnest mission. Though the event was observed with diligence, it was not promoted enough to gain much popularity outside the town.
However after scattered efforts at different cities to observe this day, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. In 1972, the third Sunday in June was celebrated as Father’s Day and acknowledged formally through Congressional Act under President Richard Nixon.