While most countries of the world celebrate Father’s Day every third Sunday of June, still there are many nations who do not follow the rule and mark the event according on some other days like: February 23, March 19, second Sunday of May, May 8, third Sunday of May, first Sunday of June, June 5, and so on.
It is still unclear when the celebration of this sweet event actually started.
From the punctuation of the term to its history, disputes remain. The origins of Father’s Day “remain disputed” because while Spokane, Washington “often lays claim to holding the first modern Father’s Day in 1910,” the first recorded Father’s Day celebration was in Fairmont, West Virginia, Daily Beast said.
The celebration in Virginia “was anything but celebratory. More than a thousand children were left fatherless after the Monongah Mine disaster in 1907 killed more than 350 men. In July 1908, Father’s Day was held to honour the fathers lost in the disaster and, indeed, all Fairmont fathers,” it added.
The Norway-based information site timeanddate.com said a range of events may have inspired the idea of celebrating Father’s Day.
A woman in the early 1900s — Sonora Smart Dodd — was “an influential figure in the establishment of Father’s Day,” Timeanddate.com said.
A farmer and Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, alone brought Dodd and her five siblings after their mother died during delivery.
Dodd inspired by the devotion of her father and called for commemoration of Father’s Day like Anna Jarvis had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations.
“Father’s Day Celebration” reported that the day was first marked on June 19, 1910 with the efforts of Dodd and the Young Men’s Christian Association in Spokane, Washington.
At first, Father’s Day was not as widely celebrated as Mother’s Day but it slowly gained popularity and was supported by US presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Lyndon Johnson.
US President Richard Nixon made the day a national observance day every third Sunday of June in 1972.