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Father’s Day is around the corner, to commemorate the recognition of fathers all around the world. Although the dates may vary in different countries and customs, many of them have adopted the U.S date, which is the third Sunday of June.
Before we celebrate this Father’s Day, let’s take a dive into the history of how it came about:
The origins of Father’s Day are filled with complex, religious origins and even arguably fueled by the women’s liberation movement that began in the 60’s.
It all goes back to the year of 1909 in the U.S., when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd.
Dodd planned and petitioned for Father’s Day to be recognized as a holiday in the following year. Initially, she planned for Father’s Day to be celebrated on June 5th, her father’s birthday. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910.
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On the day of the first celebration of Father’s Day, young women handed out red roses to their fathers to honor them. Dodd was applauded by hundreds of people, including priests for her efforts.
Father’s Day took a longer time to be legally recognized compared to Mother’s Day.
Dodd is officially known as the founder of Father’s Day. It is estimated that 110 countries celebrate Father’s Day with many taking place in June as well.
Thanks to her, fathers around the world can now be recognized for all their efforts, too!
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