Fathers Day is a day to celebrate fathers and the role they play in our lives. It’s a time for dads to be honoured by their children, spouses, relatives, friends and society as a whole. The history of fathers day is deep-rooted in tradition since it began with ancient Rome where the festival was called “dies pater” meaning father’s day.
However, fathers have always played an important role in our lives. It was not until the 19th century that we start to see more and more fathers becoming involved with their children’s life. Fathers Day is a day for us all to celebrate those who fill so many roles in our family history-the grandfathers, the father figures and husbands.
In the United States of American, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. It took 58 years after Mother’s Day became official to become a nationwide holiday. In part, this is because the campaign to celebrate fathers was not as popular, many men found the holiday to be an attempt at domesticating their masculine nature or they would scoff that it was a commercial gimmick.
World War II took a critical toll on the nation. As troops were heading overseas, advertisers capitalized and argued that Father’s Day was an opportunity to honour servicemen in support of their efforts abroad. Even though it wasn’t made into a federal holiday until 1966, America had become invested enough in honouring Dad with gifts for his role as the sole provider at home during wartime; by 1946 father’s day became more popular than mother’s day among children between 5-9 years old!
The idea of Parents’ Day was proposed in the 1920s and 1930s to replace Mother’s day and Father’s Day with one single holiday. Every year on Mothers’ Day, pro-Parents’ groups rallied for a change at New York City Central Park as they believed that both parents should be loved equally together. In 1972, President Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day an official federal holiday and today American spend millions of dollars each year on gifts for their dads.
These days, when Father’s Day rolls around, people often make a special effort to visit their father and send him cards or gifts. Some popular choices are clothing items such as ties, socks, underwear or sweaters – but other possibilities include things like tools for house maintenance (or gardening!) food gift baskets of luxury foods/drinks wrapped in festive ribbon, or even cash.
In conclusion, Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the contributions of fathers through gifts and cards. It can also be an opportunity for you to learn more about your father-figure or role model in life. Whether they are alive or not, take time on this Sunday to honour them with a card and some flowers. This holiday has become popularized over recent years as many people have been able to reflect on their personal relationships with dads who may no longer be around – but it still remains that special bond between dad and child (or children) which cannot be broken by death itself!