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Origins of Father’s Day

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The idea for creating a day during which children can honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Having been raised by her father after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. 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.

In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

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Father’s Day around the world:

1 – In countries of Hindu tradition, Father’s Day is celebrated on the new moon day (Amavasya) during late August or early September, to fit the existing Hindu worship of fathers.

2 – Father;s Day celebration in Australia takes place in the same way as in several other countries. People express gratitude for their father and thank them for all their care and support. Children give gifts of flowers, neckties or chocolates to their dad. Though the occasion is celebrated privately in households, several clubs and societies take initiative to organize special programmes to encourage and entertain people. Various types of games and activities are organised in Father’s Day get-togethers to strengthen the bond of love between a father and child.

3 – The country of New Zealand celebrates Father’s Day with much charm and enthusiasm on the 1st Sunday in September. Just as in several countries around the world people of New Zealand celebrate the occasion by honoring their father and paying tribute to fatherhood in general. Children give their fathers handmade cards, flowers and chocolates.

4 – In South Africa Fathers Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June. As a tradition, children also pamper their father by presenting loveable gifts like cards, flowers, gourmet gifts, neckties etc to show their love for their father .

As Father’s Day is celebrated on a Sunday, people get all the opportunity to enjoy the occasion with the family. Many people in South Africa go out for picnic, fishing or just for a meal in restaurant.

For a list of the countries that celebrate Father’s Day and the date on which they celebrate it, check this website out.




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