Fathers’ Day Facts

Fathers' Day Facts
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  • Most people agree that the celebration of Fathers’ Day began in the United States. Today, the holiday is recognized in 52 countries.
  • The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington.
  • A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
  • The following year, Dodd began the tradition of wearing a red rose to signify a living father and a white rose to honor a deceased one. She wanted to honor her father who had raised his children while being a single parent.
  • Sonora’s father was born in June, so that is why she selected June to be the month when the holiday would occur.
  • This holiday honors men that have had a paternal influence in someone’s life….fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles.
  • In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.
  • In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
  • It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries, including the United States.
  • Fathers’ Day is not as big a retail bonanza as Mothers’ Day, especially with the flower industry.