Origins of Father’s Day

There are suggestions that the idea of Father’s Day originates in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the sun as the father of the universe. The June solstice occurs around the same time of year as Father’s Day, so some people saw a link between the two.

The modern idea of a special day to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States. A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother’s Day celebrations, and planned a day to honor fathers early in the 20th century. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Father’s Day has become popular throughout North America and in others parts of the world.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th

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