There are so many origin theories to the beginning of Father’s Day, as many as five different ones in the USA alone. One origin even dates back to 4,000 years ago in Babylon. A clay tablet was found depicting a note to a father from his young son named Elmesu. The tablet is believed to be the oldest reference to celebrating a father. He wished his father good health and a long life.
A well-documented theory for modern-day celebrations is believed to have begun from a labor of love of Sonora Dodd. She began working on her idea for the celebration of fathers after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her mother had died in childbirth when she was 16 and her father raised her and her five siblings. Thanks to her effort and working alongside the YMCA, Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane. Other versions are also credited, however, it was not until President Coolidge supported the idea in 1924 that it began to take hold. He said it was a way to, “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”. In 1966, over forty years later, President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972 President Nixon established it as a permanent holiday
On March 19th, many countries that are predominately Catholic celebrate fathers on St. Joseph’s Day. All over the world countries have added a secular version of celebrating father figures and pay tribute to them. The celebration dates are as varied as the countries… from New Zealand to Argentina, Belgium to Brazil, Germany to Japan, Australia, Norway, France and India, all honor the special men in our lives.
Whatever the theory, wherever they are, fathers are celebrated each year. Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Papi … so many names. There is no single description of what a father means either. In everyone’s life he is someone different. Some are biological; some are generational, like a grandfather or uncle. Everyone has that special male role model that they could lean on. Whether a mentor, a supporter, a teacher, a father or like a father, you want to celebrate them. Some are strong and leaders; some are quiet yet supportive. Some are always there in the background. For many of us there is no way to state all that a father is to us. Sometimes you can only say thank you.
As Father’s Day approaches, reach out, say thank you, I love you. Let us customize that special gift for that special man in your life this Father’s Day! Click on the link below to search for that great personalized gift for that special father figure in your life. Our “Gifts for Him” is sure to have something to make his day.
(Art and blog, R. B. Green ©2018