In the United States and other countries with a European Catholic tradition, Father Day is celebrated on March 19 because it coincides with Saint Joseph’s Day, that is, the father of Jesus. Even so, in other countries the figure of the father is honored on other dates.
In some European countries such as the United Kingdom and France, as in the vast majority of Latin American countries, Father’s Day is currently celebrated on the same date as the United States, that is, the third Sunday of June.
In these countries, March 19 is celebrated as International Men’s Day and Saint Joseph is taken as the man of reference. Despite everything, International Men’s Day is celebrated in November.
The date of Father’s Day is very variable between countries: in Russia, it is celebrated on February 23, coinciding with the Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland. For its part, in Jordan, Libya and Palestine it is celebrated on the first day of summer, that is, on June 21.
What is the origin of Father’s Day, and why is it celebrated?
The origin of Father Day is in the United States due to the gratitude of Sonora Smart Dodd, a daughter of a veteran of the American Civil War named Henry Jackson Smart. His wife passed away when she gave birth to his sixth child, so Henry Jackson had to care for and educate his children single-handedly. That didn’t stop him from doing it lovingly on his Washington farm.
In 1909, while listening to the Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Smart Dodd had the brilliant idea of celebrating Father’s Day. He first proposed June 5 because it was the date of his father’s birthday, but that date did not end up prospering.
However, the idea of establishing a Father’s Day gradually gained social acceptance. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge was in charge of supporting this national father’s day. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation of the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in the North American country.
This celebration quickly spread throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa; But, what is celebrated on Father’s Day? It is a date that tries to honor the figure of the father, recognizing his role in the education and upbringing of his children.
Regardless of the date of celebration, the most important thing about this party is to pay the well-deserved tribute to parents. It is a day in which the fundamental thing is to remind your father how much you love him, all that he means to you and the family and how transcendental his presence has been for your education and development, as well as for your siblings.