Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and the influence that fathers have on their children’s lives and on society.
The central idea of this day was to create a date that would strengthen family ties, respect and recognition of the versatility of the father’s role within the family as a protective man.
It is a special date that is perfect to thank for the dedication and devotion that parents show for their children.
The origin of Father’s Day
The origin of the date remains unclear.
One of the versions goes back to the old Babylon, about 2000 BC. Tells the story of a boy named Elmesu, who wrote a message on a clay plaque to his father, wishing health, happiness and many years of life. The first celebrations of Father’s Day date back to the Middle Ages in Christian Europe. At this time, the role of religion was very significant, since it is the date on which the Day of St. Joseph, the father of Jesus, is celebrated.
Both the Portuguese and the Spaniards were responsible for carrying and instituting this tradition in Latin America, celebrating on March 19th the Father’s Day in some South American countries. In others Latin America countrys Mother’s Day celebrates on the same date. This celebration ended up gaining more prominence in the XX century through the United States of America, claiming for itself one of the origins of the celebration of Father’s Day.
It was thanks to the story of Sonora Louise Dodd, an American girl who, on June 19th of 1909, decided to create a commemorative date to pay homage to her father, a civil war veteran, who after the death of the children’s mother in the last childbirth, he eventually raised six children by himself.
After several failed attempts to recognize this day at the US Congress, it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the date, designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Six years later, Richard Nixon made it nationally recognized by law.
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The different commemorative dates
Despite being a officially worldwide date, Father’s Day is not celebrated on the same date in all countries.
Together with Portugal, March 19th is celebrated in Andorra, Angola, Belgium, Bolivia, Croatia, Spain, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mozambique and Switzerland. Countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Canada, United States of America, France, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Madagascar or Turkey, among others, celebrate this day on the third Sunday of June.