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Sunday, September 7, 2014

HISTORY OF FATHER'S DAY:BY BISHOP VARGHESE MATHAI

BRIEF HISTORY OF FATHERS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES:
Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers.

The first known celebration of Father's Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. A member of the Church, Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a deadly explosion in nearby Monongah in December, killing 361 men.

It was also during a sermon in 1909 that Ms Sonora Smart Dodd became inspired by Mother's Day. She thought, why not a Fathers Day? After the death of her mother, Sonora and her 5 siblings were raised by their father William Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora wanted to show how thankful she was to her father and, because William was born in June, she worked to have the first Father's Day celebrated on June 19, 1910.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Father's Day become a national holiday. President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday of June to be Father's Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Thanks to Sonora, today Fathers Day is celebrated in a large number of countries around the world—including India, U.S. and Canada.

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