Father’s Day has never been a holiday that my father was all too picky about. My sister and I would always ask him what he would like to do on Father’s Day and he would always reply with, “nothing.” I still would do things for him, like help clean around the house or cook dinner, but it was never really all that important to him. This year as I am not celebrating holidays it was relatively easy to not go through with Father’s Day and my father was completely fine with it. None the less, I wanted to understand why and how Father’s Day became a holiday after learning so much about Mother’s Day. (Read Mother’s Day Blog Post Here)
It was on July 5, 1908, when a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers. A Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration. The next year, a Washington, woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. (history.com)
Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. (history.com)
Since then there has been plenty of controversy over the holiday itself. In fact, during the 1920’s, there was a movement to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day all together and create Parents’ Day. Unfortunately The Great Depression stopped this movement from continuing, as marketers needed the holiday to keep their businesses afloat. (history.com)
And just like that, Father’s Day had become just as commercialized as Mother’s Day. I do enjoy taking a day to honor and spend time with my parents but each time this happens, I feel as though I don’t do it enough on any ordinary day. It is also a fact that not everyone has a mom, or a dad, or a parent. I feel as though the commercialization isn’t needed to have a good Mother’s Day or Father’s Day; nor is it needed to buy extravagant dinners or presents. Take the day to thank whoever it was that raised you and make it a day of family.
If you would like to know more about why I am taking a year abstaining from holidays, please follow the link here.