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History of Father's Day
For decades before becoming an official holiday, Father’s Day was celebrated to honor the work of men in society. The first celebrations started in 1908 to honor the memory of 362 men who died as a result of the Fairmont Coal Company mine explosions in Monongah. The following year Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a widower, began efforts to start the equivalent of Mother’s Day for male parents. Her efforts became a reality for the state of Washington in 1910.
Eventually, the holiday was widely adopted socially without an official declaration. Throughout the 1920 and 1930s, several efforts would be made to form a Parent’s Day combining Father’s and Mother’s Day. This movement was eventually set aside with the hardships of the Great Depression and the shifting of priorities. The celebrations of this unofficial holiday would continue with recognition and honor for the contributions of men and as a way to boost spirits amid events such as WWII.
In 1972 Father’s Day was officially proclaimed a federal holiday by President Richard Nixon amid his re-election campaign. It has continued to be celebrated as it is today with the traditional giving of gifts and sharing celebratory meals together. Whether you are near or far from those who have made a difference in your life, there is always a way to celebrate. No one way is correct.
Recognizing Fathers Internationally
Residents of the United States are not the only ones to recognize the importance of fatherly roles. Internationally fathers have been honored on St. Joseph’s Day (Catholic holiday) annually on March 19th. Celebrations typically include feasts and gifts laid at the alters of St. Joseph, who is recognized as the protector of the family. Representations of the Holy Family are also created, similarly to those at Christmas time.