- Charles Wadworth
And the cycle continues! Whether you have a father or a grandfather, or are the father yourself to your own children, we all have a special appreciation for the never ending job that is being a dad. No matter how tall we grow, our fathers will always be people we look up to, and on the third Sunday in June every year we have the opportunity give a special thanks to the amazing work they do.
Celebrated across many different dates throughout the year depending on the country, Father's Day 2018 will be celebrated in the U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, China and 83 other countries this Sunday, June 17.
Thought to date back to at least the Middle Ages, Father's Day was traditionally observed on March 19 as the feast day of Saint Joseph. This celebration was brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese, and in Latin America (including Bolivia!), Father's Day is still celebrated on March 19 each year.
Father's Day was not celebrated in the US, however, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.
After Anna Jarvis' successful promotion of Mother's Day in May 1908 (check out our Mother's Day blog for more on this!), the first observance of Father's Day was held 2 months later on July 5, 1908. This date later changed to June 19 in 1919 and has been held on the third Sunday in June ever since, signed into law as a permanent national holiday by President Richard Nixon in 1972.
Children traditionally make handicraft gifts and drawings for their fathers at school, and families gather together to celebrate the father figures in their lives. Like Mother's Day, Father's Day has also become one of the most commercial days on the yearly calendar, with retailers adapting to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and gifts such as electronics, clothing and tools.
Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. While the never-ending love and support that our distinguished dads provide is appreciated every day, this Sunday is an extra special opportunity to show our support for all that they do - not to mention a little self-spoiling if you happen to be a father yourself!
Gracias por todo papá!
Written by Steve Connors
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