Fathers Day

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Father’s Day is a widely known celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day, the celebration honoring mothers. Contents[hide] * 1 History * 1. 1 Commercialization * 2 Spelling * 3 Dates around the world * 4 International history and traditions * 4. 1 Argentina * 4. 2 Australia * 4. 3 Costa Rica * 4. 4 Denmark * 4. 5 Germany * 4. 6 Hindu tradition * 4. Japan * 4. 8 Seychelles * 4. 9 Nepal * 4. 10 New Zealand * 4. 11 The Philippines * 4. 12 Roman Catholic tradition * 4. 13 Romania * 4. 14 Singapore * 4. 15 Taiwan * 4. 16 Thailand * 4. 17 United Kingdom * 4. 18 United States of America * 4. 18. 1 Antecedent * 5 See also * 6 References * 6. 1 Bibliography * 7 External links| [edit] History Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It is also celebrated to honor and commemorate our forefathers. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. Contrary to popular belief, the first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. The special day was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. The First Father’s Day Church, now the Central United Methodist Church, still stands in Fairmont today. [1] Various other sources believe (possibly because West Virginia did not officially register the holiday. [citation needed]) that the first Father’s Day was held nearly two years later on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. After listening to a church sermon at Spokane’s Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, Dodd felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition, as well. 2] She wanted a celebration that honored fathers like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his family alone when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old. [3] The following year with the assistance of Reverend Dr. Conrad Bluhm, her pastor at Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), Sonora took the idea to the Spokane YMCA. The Spokane YMCA, along with the Ministerial Alliance,

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