As we celebrate the fathers in our lives let’s take a little time to learn about the beginning of this Holiday. Although Father’s Day was first proclaimed a holiday in 1910, it wasn’t until 1972 that it became a National holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law. Now, we celebrated it the third week of June of each year:
Father’s Day as early as Babylon
According to Father’s Day Celebration, scholars believe that this holiday has roots in the ruins of Babylon. According to them, “they have recorded that a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life. ” This is believed to be the beginning of this holiday although there is no sufficient proof that is the earliest.
The first fathers to be celebrated in the United States were dead mine workers
On July 5, 1908 a service was held in West Virginia in the honor of 362 men who died during an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, this according to the History channel. This was only a one time celebration of fathers and was not continued, as many rejected the idea that fathers should be celebrated, since they don’t have the same significance as the mothers in the household. Mother’s Day was already a commercial holiday at this time.
Father’s Day or Parents’ Day?
According to the history researchers, in the 1930’s an idea came out that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day should be replaced by Parents’ Day, therefore having the two parents equally celebrated. This idea didn’t last long due to the depression and the hard times in the United States. Some even questioned why should fathers receive gifts when they are the only providers in the household? It would be like they were buying their own gifts.
World War II and retailers
While Father’s Day was not yet observed as a Holiday, the retailers in the United States, used the World War II as a crutch to sell more gifts in the honor of the soldiers returning from war. They succeeded, and in 1945 Father’s Day was recognized, although not yet signed into law.
Father’s Day today
In the United Sates, we celebrate this day much similar to Mother’s Day. The preference gifts for fathers remain the neckties, watches and shirts. Did you know that roses are the Father’s Day Flower? If you would like to know how many fathers are in the United States today, a census provided by the government lists as follows:
70.1 million fathers across the states in 2008
24.7 million of married fathers, with children under 18, in 2013
2.0 million single fathers in 2013
As we celebrate Father’s Day, remember the fatherless. Being a father is a huge responsibility, and the ones who don’t have the luxury of knowing their father suffer most. Being there for others is worth more than any gift you could purchase. Happy Father’s Day!
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