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FATHER'S DAY | WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

FATHER'S DAY | WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

We explore the origins of Father's Day and find out why we celebrate it in June

Being a Father myself, I always look forward to Father's Day.  It's usually an excuse for a lie-in and, if I'm particularly lucky, breakfast in bed.  Any event that celebrates the often unsung efforts of the many hardworking Dads out there is always assured of our firm support.  But what are the origins of Father's Day and why do we celebrate it in June?

Origins of Father's Day

The first official Father's Day celebration was arranged by Sonara Dodd at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington in 1910 to honour her father William, a civil war veteran had singled handedly raised Sonara and her 5 siblings.

The pastor at her local church had given a sermon on Mother's Day and Sonara felt there should be an equivalent holiday for fathers.

Why is Father's Day the third Sunday in June?

Sonara initially proposed the celebration should be on 5th June, her father's birthday.  

However the pastor of her church felt that it was such a good idea that he wanted to organise co-ordinated Sunday sermons celebrating fathers to be given throughout the city.  

He needed more time to arrange this, so he asked for an extra two weeks.  Sonara agreed, and on the third Sunday of that month, on 19th June in 1910, celebrations were held across Washington.

President Lyndon B. Johnson officially designated the third Sunday of June as Father's Day and Richard Nixon legally made it a National Holiday in 1972.

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