Happy Father’s Day!

In June, we celebrate our fathers. But it hasn’t always been that way.

From History.com, we learn that the nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day 2018 occurs on Sunday, June 17.

 

ORIGINS OF FATHER’S DAY

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm as Mother’s Day –perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

Interestingly, the Great Depression derailed the effort to combine and de-commercialize the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. In other countries–especially in Europe and Latin America–fathers are honored on St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.

See the complete article at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day

 

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