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Call your dad on Father’s Day

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A little background on this special day.

Father’s Day, celebrated in the U.S. on the third Sunday of June (this year June 18) is also commemorated in most of the countries of the world. Although most set aside the third Sunday of June, Catholic countries in Europe and Latin America have chosen March 19, St. Joseph’s Day, since the 14th Century.

In America the first celebration of Father’s Day, according to Wikipedia, was as a complement to Mother’s Day, in 1908. The attempts to establish a nationwide Father’s Day proceeded in fits and starts for 40 years. The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm—perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, However, it took six years for President Richard Nixon to make it a permanent holiday, signing it into law in 1972.

According to history.com “Many men, however, continued to disdain the day.” As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

 

 

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Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.