Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

I have not write about Customs and Festivals for quite a long time and today, I shall spend half an hour to research and write something about "Father's Day".
Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of our Daddies. It is a day not only for our father, but all men who have acted as a father figure - whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or "Big Brothers."

* 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 celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide but generally on the 3rd Sunday of June for most countries.

* Mrs. John B. Dodd from Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart.
* William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
* It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
* The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.
* In 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day and its only in 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.


2007 Father's Day Celebration. Cutting the Delicious Mango Cake.

* Some people may argue against the idea of a Father's Day or Valentines Day, etc. They always feel that everyday should be a Father's Day or Valentines Day and they believe that such occasions only serve to help gifts and greeting card manufacturers to make more money.

* As for me, I think its always good to have that another special day to remember our loved ones. Just that we celebrate our birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc

* My Dad is a great man. I don't talk a lot to him but deep in my heart, I truly respect him.

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