The third Sunday of June is here and it’s time to celebrate the men who have stepped into the role of being fathers all around us. Although this is a day to celebrate and show appreciation towards our fathers, let's take a look at how this day came into being.
The origins of Father’s day can be traced back to 1909 when Senora Dodd was attending a Mother’s Day sermon in church. Dodd felt that father’s deserved equal amounts of praise. So, to honour her own father who was a Civil War veteran and a widower who raised six children on his own, Dodd petitioned for a Father’s Day on June 5 which was the date of her father’s birthday in the city, Spokane, Washington. The celebration was later deferred to the third Sunday of June.
Another account traces the origins of Father’s Day to 1908 when Grace Golden Clayton came up with the idea of Father’s Day in Fairmont after 361 local men perished in a deadly mine explosion.
Some historians claim that Father’s Day can be traced back to the Catholic Church since St. Joseph’s Day, which was celebrated on March 19 in Catholic nations in Europe since the mediaeval era and later around the world.
Regardless of the debate over the origins of Father’s Day, it didn’t become widely recognized until 1972 when US President Richard Nixon signed Joint Resolution 187 into law.
On this happy occasion, the students of Julien Day School Nursery made cards, ties and prepared videos reciting poems dedicated with love to their fathers as a token of appreciation and gratitude.
The relationship between father and child is one of utmost trust and support. The Julien Day School family wishes you all a Very Happy Father’s Day.