Happy Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day is just a wink away. This is a special day that has been celebrated for about 100 years. The idea started in the US where it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. It’s basic purpose is to celebrate fatherhood. Although the origin of the day is disputed many believe that Sonora Dodd, from Washington, thought of the idea after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 and wondering why fathers didn’t also have a similar day. Dodd, along with the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane, got to work by starting a campaign to have the day officially recognized. Others say that credit for Father’s Day should be given to Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia as she suggested celebrating fatherhood in 1908. No matter when the day was created, or by whom, the day exists simply to remind everyone that dads are great.

Celebrated Around the World

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Different countries celebrate Father’s Day in different ways and often on different dates. In the US it’s not surprising to serve papa breakfast in bed. This might be followed by a special card and gift – neckties always seem to be a popular gift for dad. The day might see the family celebrating in a park for a picnic, a baseball game, or just relaxing. No matter what is planned for dad, the intent is to strengthen the bond between a father and child.

The tradition in Canada has been influenced by the US. A family reunion is very popular. Paying tribute by giving out donations, in the name of the fathers, or by performing acts of service. In several countries, such as the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa there are Father’s Day parties and get-togethers. These are often provided by clubs, schools and cultural societies. They provide people an opportunity to celebrate the day in a wide scale to stress the importance of the father’s role in the development of the family and the society as a whole.

If you live 1000’s of miles away from your dad, you can always make a phone call. If you just say three special words to your father, that’s all he will need in order to feel your love and appreciation.

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