Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.While people go all out in giving their papas the royal treatment on Father’s Day, some believe dads aren’t as sentimental as mothers and don’t need a special day to honour them. If you belong to the latter category, the origin story of this day might change your mind.
On July 5, 1908 in the US. A church in Fairmont, West Virginia held a special Father’s Day service to honour 360 men who had lost their lives in a coal mine explosion earlier. This was a sole observance.
The woman behind it
The most influential advocate of the Father’s Day concept is Spokane (Washington) resident Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. She got the brainwave after attending a church service that honoured mothers. She believed fathers deserved a day to themselves too. Her own dad William Jackson Smart had singlehandedly raised Sonora and her five siblings after his wife’s death in childbirth. Their father-daughter relationship was a strong one. She proposed to her church’s minister that the third Sunday of every June be dedicated to dads, and was rewarded a year later for her persistence. Her community came out in full support on that day, the mayor of Spokane and the governor of Washington issued proclamations. However, it took years before it became a national holiday in America.
Father’s Day Celebration in India
Talking about Father’s Day celebration in India, it is comparatively a new trend that has started in the country. Similar to western countries like USA and UK, Father’s Day celebration is slowly gaining ground in various Indian metropolises. Urban places in the country, where people are more receptive towards western culture, have recognized the sentiments attached with the day and have been celebrating it for not more than ten years now. The idea of honoring dads on this particular day has been appreciated by millions of Indians, who observe it on the third Sunday of June every year.