What is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is a special day for honoring fathers. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June every year.
Sonora Smat Dodd, who was living in Washington, came up with the first idea for celebrating a special day as Father’s Day in 1909. Her father was an American Civil War veteran. He rose all on his six children by his own after his wife’s loss. Sonora Smat Dodd thought if there was Mother’s Day, there should be a Father’s Day as well. So, she started working on creating a special day for fathers. She also offered a special date, 5th of June. The reason why she chose that day is 5th of June was her father’s birthday. But these works could not be concluded until 5th of June and the first celebration of Father’s Day was postponed on the third Sunday of June.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Calvin Coolidge, who was the former president of United States of America, supported the celebrations but he did not announced the day as an official day. The celebrations were unofficial until 1966.
In 1966, Lyndon Johnson, who was the former president of United States of America, published a communiqué about celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. After all, in 1972, Father’s Day officially has been announced as a national holiday, with the signiture of former president Richard Nixon.
Catholics celebrate Father’s Day in another day. They consider this day from a different religious angle and they chose 19th day of March for honoring their fathers. They called this day St. Joseph Day, inspired by Jesus.
When is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in many countries. The next Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
Dates for Fathers Day from 2019 to 2022
- Fathers Day 2020 - June 21, 2020 - Sunday
- Fathers Day 2021 - June 20, 2021 - Sunday
- Fathers Day 2022 - June 19, 2022 - Sunday