How the Father’s Day tradition started

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 15thÉ.so just ten days to goÉcheck out the people’s special guide to gift and treat options!  It may surprise some readers to note that Father’s Day, as a tradition, is not yet one hundred years old! That milestone will occur next year.    Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea  of a ‘father’s day.’ She thought of the idea for Father’s  Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.   Sonora wanted a special day to honour her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War  veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the  newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.  After Sonora became an  adult she realised the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father  that made all the parental sacrifices and he was, in the  eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.  Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane,  Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.  President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.   It has now become a worldwide event and is generally held on the third Sunday in June.