Many countries celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days as well—in
, for example, on Ascension Day and
in Italy St. Joseph’s Day. In some countries it’s a public holiday and in
others it’s not. Germany
, Father’s Day started more than a
century ago. United States
In 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held in
, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd,
who was born in Spokane, Washington . Its first celebration was in the
Spokane YMCA on Arkansas June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William
Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children after his wife
died in childbirth. Credit for this holiday was also given to Grace Golden Clayton
of who suggested to the pastor of her
church in 1908 that a service be held in honor of fathers. However, it was Dodd
who campaigned nationally for the holiday. Fairmount, West Virginia
Mother’s Day was accepted as a national holiday in 1914. It wasn’t until 1966 that President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and set the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed the law making it permanent.
Father’s Day is a time to reflect on what our fathers have taught us about life. It’s also a day when we can honor them and show our appreciation for their love and devotion.
In literature, writers often deal with family matters in their work. For example, in my young adult novel THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER, a teenager’s relationship with her step-father is one of the concerns. Family relationships serve as an important theme.
A poem I wrote took first place in the READER’S DIGEST Poetry Contest 2015 and was published both in print and online in the June issue. It is about the relationship of a young girl and her grandfather. You can read it at:
As a reader, do you recall any books in which a father was an important character? If you’re an author, do you feature fathers as significant characters in any of your writing? If so, please note your work.