This coming Sunday, millions of people in Canada and in over 60 other nations around the world will be celebrating our fathers. The annual event held on the third Sunday of June usually revolves around the extra attention and appreciation of our fathers, as well as gift giving of items such as golf clubs, handmade cards and barbeque sets. However rarely does anyone ask where the tradition originated.
Thought to have started in the 20th century in the United States, to compliment Mother’s Day, the devoted day for dads has had several failed attempts before it became properly recognized. In 1907 Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father after a disaster in her town killed 361 men including her dad. This lead to thousands of fatherless children, Clayton suggested that her pastor honour all those lost fathers. However in 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd accredited with founding Father’s Day held a celebration for her father, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single parent. Dodd spent much of her life promoting the event in honour of her father all over the United States. But it wasn’t until 1972 when President Richard Nixon made it a permanent holiday.
So this Sunday don’t forget to give your pops an extra smile or a gift and remember to thank him for all the little things!