Besides all the great things we believe about Father’s Day, it was one of those celebrations that took 60 years to make itself a recognized/national celebration. In fact, Father’s Day celebration was being held from 1910 to 1920 in the town of Spokane, Washington. But it was unobserved for several years after that. Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of an American Civil War Veteran, William Jackson Smart was the founder of Father’s Day. At the age of sixteen, Sonora’s mother died giving birth to her sixth child. Her father raised them all by himself.
One day while Sonora was at a church sermon, she heard about the Mother’s Day being an officially recognized holiday. She took this opportunity and met the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and requested to dedicate a day specially for fathers. She had requested to choose her father’s birthday which was June 5th, but the alliance decided to go for the third Sunday of June. Thus, in 1910 the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th in Spokane. But after Sonora left for her studies in 1920, the celebration faded. After several years of discussion back and forth on the officialization of this holiday, President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.
The reason why Father’s Day was not much encouraged was that, in those days people felt this gesture of showing love and appreciation to fathers made them feel less masculine or it was not considered very “manly”. Others disagreed with the idea because they felt that it was another scam the media used to commercialize and to increase their product sales.
Father’s Day is observed on different dates throughout nations and some countries still don’t consider it as a public holiday. The USA, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Hungary, China, Canada and Argentina celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June whereas Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Latvia, Nepal, Ukraine celebrates in the month of September in varied dates. Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Bulgaria observes the occasion in December. Some countries observe in November and August as well.