We all celebrate Father’s Day annually, but do you know its origin?
The holiday was created by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman from Spokane, a city in Washington US. Dodd’s mother had passed on early, so she and siblings were raised solely by their father.
She was inspired after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She even asked the minister back then this question, “Don’t you think fathers deserve a place in the sun, too?”
The month of June was picked for the celebration because it was the month of her dad’s birthday. In 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated, in Spokane of course.
However, this day was not celebrated throughout the whole of US until 1972, when former US president Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day as a permanent national holiday into law.
Since then, many other countries follow suit to celebrate fatherhood. Likewise, for Singapore. The only difference is that we do not get a public holiday of it.
Nonetheless, we should not only celebrate fatherhood on this day. Instead, a little gesture every day can mean a lot to your father.
To all the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!