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The Story of Fathers Day

The story of Fatherís Day is an interesting one. Some say it is little more than a fake holiday, designed by card shops to fill a summer lull in holidays and separate punters from their cash, but that couldnít be further from the truth (itís also not true for Valentineís Day, the holiday most commonly accused of this Ė look it up).

Fatherís Day got its start in 1909 Washington, when Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a sermon about Motherís Day, which had just been created two years ago. Motherís Day was started by a woman named Anna Jarvis, because she wanted to honour her own mother, and she quickly found official support to get it made into a holiday. Sonora, however, had no mother Ė her father was a single parent who raised her and five other children single-handedly. She thought fathers should have a day too, and the story of Motherís Day inspired her to try to start one.

The idea quickly caught on, through press coverage and word of mouth, and by the Ď20s thousands of people celebrated it, including then-President Woodrow Wilson. It was controversial at first, as many thought it would be seen as an attempt by men to get their own Motherís Day and diminish the contributions of women, but eventually common sense won out and the day was added to the calendar.

The tradition rapidly spread around the world to countries that didnít already have a day for fathers Ė today, most of the worldís countries celebrate it in some form. Many places, including America and the UK, celebrate Fatherís Day on the third Sunday in June, but some countries use other dates. Today, Fatherís Day is the fifth-largest holiday when it comes to the number of cards sent each year, coming in after Christmas, Easter, Valentineís Day and Motherís Day.

Submitted by:

John Gibb

John Gibb is the owner of fathers-day-resources2k.info, for more information on Fathers Day check out http://www.fathers-day-resources2k.info


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