Father’s Day is a day of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In America, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. It is held on various days in many parts of the world all throughout the year, often in the months of March, May and June.
In the Coptic Orthodox Church, the celebration of fatherhood is also observed on St Joseph’s Day, but the Copts observe this on July 20. The Coptic celebration may date back to the fifth century.
Whether to celebrate this day worldwide or not, remained a debatable topic for long. Then, in 1908, by Grace Golden Clayton proposed the day to honour those men who lost their lives in a mining accident in the US. Though, it was not accepted then. But in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, who along with her five brothers were raised by her father alone, being inspired after attending Mother’s day in a church, tried to convince the Spokane Ministerial Association to celebrate father’s day worldwide and succeeded.
In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 in honor of men including boys.
I wish everyone an excellent Father’s Day.