This year Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 17th. It is widely celebrated on the third Sunday of June but many countries celebrate it on other days as well. To be honest, I never thought much of the history of Father’s Day and now that J is a father, I was interested to learn more about it.
Father’s Day arose out of the idea for a day where children could honor their fathers and it began with a woman in Spokane, Washington. In 1909, she came up with the idea while listening to a sermon about Mother’s Day. She had been raised by her father after the death of her mother and wanted him to know just how important he was to her.
In 1924, President Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day and in 1972, President Nixon established it as a national observance. Did you know that roses are the flowers of Father’s Day? Red roses are to be worn for a living father and white roses for a father who has passed away.
I love knowing a bit about the history of Father’s Day and it would be a great way to teach children more about the day as you work on homemade gifts for Dad!