What is the origin of the Father’s Day celebration?

May 24 2024 – 7:00 p.m.

There are only a few weeks left until the Sunday June 16 A new Father’s Day is celebrated in Chile and in several countries around the world.

A day that seeks to honor biological parents and those who raised their sons and daughters, and that has been celebrated for many years throughout the world.

All about Father’s Day

Its origin is part of a striking story that took place in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and that remained as a tradition until today.

Father’s Day / Aton Chile (Reference)

What is the origin of Father’s Day?

The origin and date of celebration of Father’s Day may vary in some countries, but in Chile the date and American origin are taken as a reference.

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At first, American men rejected a date for themselves because they considered this type of celebration as an expression of femininity, according to National Geographic.

However, the idea of ​​celebrating Father’s Day appeared strongly in 1909when Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by Mother’s Day meetings to propose the celebration to parents.

His inspiration was his own father, William Smartwho was an American Civil War veteran who He was widowed and took care of his six children.

Origin Father’s Day / Aton Chile (Reference)

Sonora presented a petition to the Spokane Ministerial Alliance in 1910, suggesting that fathers be celebrated on June 5, the day their father’s birthday was. However, as there was no time to commemorate that day, the celebration was set for the 19th of Juneand later for the third Sunday in June of each year.

A celebration that spread throughout the world

After the impetus of Sonora Smart Dodd, that same 1910 andFather’s Day celebrations began, with gifts and accessory decorations with roses: red, in reference to the living parents, and white, for the deceased.

Subsequently President Woodrow Wilson promoted the idea of ​​celebrating this day legally. Then, In 1966, the legal decree was established so that this day would be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.under the government of the president Lyndon Johnson. FinallyIn 1972, the government of Richard Nixonthis law was approved to celebrate this day in the United States.

However, the celebration had already become popular in almost all Western countries. In fact, in Chile the specific date was set in 1966, when the president was Eduardo Frei Montalva.

On the other hand, in some countries of the world, this celebration is held he March, 19 of each year because matches the St. Joseph’s Daythe father of Jesus. For this same reason it is that in several other nations the Men’s Day.

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