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Father's Day: Celebrating the Pillars of Our Lives; Introduction, Date, and History

Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June every year. This year, the day is observed on June 18, 2023. Hence, let's celebrate the day with utmost joy.

Vivek Singh
Father and Son (Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)
Father and Son (Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)

Father's Day is a special occasion which is dedicated to honouring and celebrating the remarkable contributions and influence of fathers in our lives. It is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June every month and this year the day is being celebrated on June 18, 2023. This annual event provides an opportunity to express gratitude, love, and appreciation for the remarkable men who have played a significant role in shaping our lives.

Fathers are often the unsung heroes, the silent pillars of strength, guidance, and support. They are the ones who work tirelessly to provide for their families, sacrificing their own needs and desires to ensure the well-being and happiness of their loved ones. Fathers are not just biological parents; they can be stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, or any man who takes on the role of a father figure in someone's life.

Father’s Day History

Father's Day has a rich history that dates back over a century. The origins of this special day can be traced back to the early 20th century in the United States. While there are different accounts of its exact beginnings, the concept of honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood gained momentum and eventually became an internationally recognized holiday. One of the earliest recorded celebrations that resembled Father's Day took place in the ancient civilizations of Babylon and Egypt. In these societies, a day was set aside to honour fathers and pay tribute to their role in the family structure. However, these celebrations were not widespread or annual events.

The modern concept of Father's Day, as we know it today, began to take shape in the early 20th century. The credit for establishing Father's Day as an official holiday is often attributed to Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman from Spokane, Washington. Sonora's father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised his six children. Inspired by her father's dedication and love, Sonora sought to establish a day to honour fathers.

The first recorded Father's Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910, in Spokane. Sonora Smart Dodd proposed June 5, her father's birthday, as the date for Father's Day. However, due to insufficient time for preparations, the celebration was moved to the third Sunday in June. Sonora's efforts gained support from local organizations and community members, and the idea of Father's Day began to spread.

In 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge expressed his support for the concept of a national Father's Day. However, it wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law officially recognizing Father's Day as a national holiday in the United States.

Father’s Day Quotes

Here are some heartfelt quotes to celebrate Father's Day:

  • A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.

  • Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of songs. - Pam Brown

  • A father's love is forever imprinted on his child's heart. - Jennifer Williamson

  • A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.

  • A father is someone you can always rely on, no matter the distance between you.

  • The power of a father's love can shape a child's life and influence who they become.

  • A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." - Billy Graham

  • A father's smile has the power to light up a child's world.

  • Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. - Anne Geddes

  • A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be. - Steve Martin

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