Published:  12:42 AM, 16 June 2019

Father's Day is celebrated in honor of fathers

Father's Day is celebrated in honor of fathers

Father's Day is celebrated in honor of Fathers and Father like figures. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in the USA and in some other countries. Mrs. Sonora Dodd is believed to be the first person suggested the idea of celebrating Father's Day in honor of fathers in 1909.

The first Father's day was celebrated in USA on 19th June, 1910.On this day people used to honor their fathers or the father like persons who have a great contribution and a huge impact in their lives. Everyone has their own way to celebrate Father's day. Some people give cards, gifts or flowers to their fathers, some prefer to dine out and some spend the whole day with their fathers.

The goal of this day is to honor fathers and make them feel that how special they are. This Father's Day brings: a Full Moon, a best fishing day, and a visit from the King of Planets, Jupiter. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other countries around the world. Many countries celebrate this holiday at other times of the year. In Australia, for example, Father's Day is held on the first Sunday of September; in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, on the second Sunday in November; and in some Catholic countries, on March 19 (St. Joseph's Day).

  The Full Moon will rise around sunset on Sunday, June 16 and then set in the west around sunrise on the 17th. Grab some chairs and watch the sunset and the full Moon rise for a magical night! Or, maybe you want to go fishing under the Full Moon! Coincidentally, the weekend of June 16, 2019 is one of the "Best Days for Fishing". Like Mother's Day, the modern American version of Father's Day has a history that goes well beyond greeting cards.

The first known Father's Day service occurred at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, thanks to the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton. Mrs. Clayton had asked her pastor, Dr. R. Thomas Webb, if a Sunday service could be held to honor fathers.

While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, Mrs. Clayton especially wanted to have a service in remembrance of the over 200 fathers who had died in the Monongah mining explosion that had occurred a few miles south of Fairmont on December 6 of the previous year. (It was the worst mining disaster in US history, killing more than 360 men and boys, and leaving about 1,000 children fatherless) .

Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever having taken over the news at the time).


The writer is a poet and columnist

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