History: Father's Day
Origin of Fatherís Day
Children have always celebrated their fatherís since the beginning of time. Like the origins of Motherís Day, ancient civilizations celebrated their gods, including a celebration for the king of their gods, Zeus. The holiday was called the Festival of Zeus (and usually marked the time of the ancient Olympic competitions). Since the beginning of Early Catholicism, the celebration of the ďfatherĒ of Jesus was also celebrated on St. Josephís Day (which coincidentally falls out around Fatherís Day, on June 19th). Fatherís Day celebration as we know it today was created in the early part of the 19th Century. Its origins come from three different people, Harry Meek, Dr. Robert Webb and Mrs. John Bruce Dodd.
National Support of Fatherís Day
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge gave support to establish a national day to honor fathers. He wanted a day that ďwould establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.ď This lead to the creation of a National Fatherís Day Committee which met for the first time two years later in New York City.
In 1956, Fatherís Day is recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress.
In 1966, the first presidential proclamation establishing a national Fatherís Day was made in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. It proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Fatherís Day.
In 1972, Fatherís Day became ďofficiallyĒ recognized as a holiday when President Richard Nixon signed a law that named the third Sunday in June as Fatherís Day.
Dates for Fatherís Day
2005: Sun, June 19
Fatherís Day Traditions and Celebrations
One custom arising from the early celebrations was the wearing of flowers on Fatherís Day. White flowers honored a living father and red flowers for a deceased father. Today, wearing of flowers is not as prevalent Ė but many people still do.
Neck ties have become a favorite gift for Fatherís Day. The sales of neckties rise to over 800 million during the time of the holiday.
Fatherís Day cards are usually given on Fatherís Day. An interesting fact is that over 90% of the cards are bought by women and most are usually humorous.
International Observation of Fatherís Day
The United States is one of the only countries to officially recognize a national holiday for fathers. However, other countries do celebrate fathers officially and unofficially.
Celebratory Dates Around the World
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