Father?s Day is a day to celebrate and honor fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Father?s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother?s Day in celebrating fathers and male parenting.

Reports say Grace Golden Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis who crusaded for the establishment of Mother?s Day.

Clayton?s father, a Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children.

After hearing a sermon about Jarvis? Mother?s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honor them.

Although she initially suggested June 5, her father?s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

According to reports, several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father?s Day, sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.

The first observance of a ?Father?s Day? was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

According to reports a bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913 and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father?s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.

US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.

In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus ?[singling] out just one of our two parents.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father?s Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Its first celebration was said to be celebrated in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.

Happy Fathers Day To All Fathers !!!

Source: GBC

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