It started as simply as one daughter who wanted to celebrate her dad. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA, sat in church in May of 1909, listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She wondered why there wasn’t a similar celebration for fathers. Tragically, her mother had died in childbirth and her father, a Civil War veteran, took over and singlehandedly raised the newborn and his other five children.
It took Dodd the next year for the holiday to be recognized in Spokane. The first Father’s Day was finally officially celebrated on June 19, 1910. At the first celebration, girls gave their fathers red roses during a church service. Large baskets of red roses were passed around and people attending the event were asked to pin on a rose in honor of their fathers. Interestingly enough, red roses represented living fathers and white roses were in memory of those who were deceased.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge announced his public support of the event as he recognized that it encouraged a closer relationship between fathers and their children. He made the event even more serious by using the celebration to encourage fathers to live up to their fatherly obligations, according to the Library of Congress, https://www.livescience.com/
The holiday gained more popularity when a group of men’s clothing retailers in New York City formed a group called the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day in 1938. It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon actually signed the public law making the 3rd Sunday in June a permanently designated holiday for the United States.
Although the date when Father’s Day is celebrated is different around the world, Canada and the United Kingdom share the 3rd Sunday in June with the United States. It is also celebrated in Argentina, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and Venezuela.
In Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is on the 1st Sunday in September and in Thailand it is celebrated on the birthday of the country’s king on December 5th. Regardless of the date, the celebration is basically the same around the world, where children make special efforts to celebrate their fathers. Many gifts are considered traditional such as cards, flowers, clothing and sporting equipment. Celebrations have grown to include all father figures including step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and even uncles.
Chanteur Designs hopes this will be a memorable Father’s Day for everyone in your family. One of the biggest Father’s Day events is brunch, and we’re sure that daughters all across the country will be putting on the glitz to celebrate their fathers. Wear your favorite heart jewelry piece to celebrate the love you have for your father! Click our earrings below to learn more!
You can also celebrate with roses as Dodd did in 1910 by wearing our rose gold earrings.
Fathers and daughters have a special bond and Chanteur Designs proudly celebrates and recognizes all the shapes, colors and sizes of fathers throughout the world. ¡Feliz Día del Padre!, วันพ่อแห่งชาติ, wan-pôr-hàng-châart and Joyeuse Fête des Pères!