Fathers Day

A Father MeansÖ.

A Father means so many things...
A understanding heart,
A source of strength and of support
Right from the very start.
A constant readiness to help
In a kind and thoughtful way.
With encouragement and forgiveness
No matter what comes your way.
A special generosity and always affection too
A Father means so many things
When heís a man like you...
Ė Anonymous

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and 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.

In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day.

Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life - whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or "Big Brothers."

Fatherís Day is the fourth most popular card-sending holiday in the United States with an estimate of $100 million in card sales. Of all the cards sold on Fatherís Day, 50% are purchased for dads while 20% are purchased for husbands. The remaining 30% includes other categories like grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and someone special.
The Romans honor their dead fathers, every February.
The necktie is the most common and famous Fatherís Day gift.
Official flower on Fatherís Day is rose. People whose fathers are alive wear a red rose while those whose fathers have passed away wear a white rose in their memory.

Websites I used to compile the information:

Love You Father
Hellas Multimedia

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