Father’s Day was first celebrated in 1972 when US President Richard Nixon signed a declaration for it. The history of Father’s Day dates back to 1908 when Sonora Smart Dodd celebrated it to honour her father. Father’s Day is celebrated to acknowledge the efforts of fathers and to thank them for their efforts.Father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
This year it is being observed on June 20. Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers, honouring fatherhood, paternal bonds and the role fathers play in society. First proposed in 1909, this day is an opportunity to show your dad how much he means to you and the role he has played in shaping your life.Father’s Day acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of fathers to their own families and society at large. On this day, children get a chance to appreciate their fathers and father figures -all the people who have played a vital role in their lives. It can be emotionally, mentally or even financially.
Father’s Day was founded in the US by Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora’s father was a Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, a single parent from Arkansas who selflessly raised six children. Sonora had heard about how Anna Jarvis had created Mother’s Day in honour of her mother. So, she told the pastor of her church that there should be something similar to celebrate fathers. She wanted to honour and acknowledge the role of fathers and all father-like figures on the date of her father’s birthday, which was June 5. The church did not agree to the petition but eventually, Sonora convinced people to participate. Therefore, the date was pushed, and the celebration was eventually deferred to the third Sunday of June.
Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength. Fathers not only influence who we are inside, but how we have relationships with people as we grow. The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceived the meaning of the relationship with his or her father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will dictate how his children relate with other people.
“Fathers are the first friend you make and the last love of your life.”