Fathers. Father's Day, a Hallmark Occasion.

Fathers Day filled with Love

A touching Father's Day Cake
A touching Father's Day Cake
What better than a Fishing Trip
What better than a Fishing Trip
Kite Flying is good too........All photos Courtesy of Flickr.
Kite Flying is good too........All photos Courtesy of Flickr.

Dear Old Dad

Well we have Mother's Day, so why not Father's Day? It took a long time to get congress to accept the concept of Mothers Day. Europe already had a long established celebration called Mothering Sunday attached to the Christian calender, so why not a special day for Dads. It wasn't until 1908 that the concept was brought to light in West Virginia and Spokane Washington just a little while later. The whole idea was thought of as a commercial venture and became the object of ridicule.

In 1930 a group of business men banded together to promote Father's Day as a celebration of Fatherhood on the third Sunday in June. The idea was to boost trade at a time of year when commerce was flat. It is only on that day in the USA as nations around the World chose different days. The Catholic Church celebrates St Joseph's day as the patron saint of Fathers earlier in the year, like Mothering Sunday tied to the church calendar.

Already at the beginning of June as Father's day approaches as I write this, my in box has many emails beseeching me to buy Father the perfect gift, ranging from Ipods to articles of clothing. It is suggested that special Father's day meals are prepared for a celebration rather like a second Christmas holiday.

Even Presidents have become involved, George W Bush made a speech in 2003 for Father's Day as an official President's Father's Day Proclamation. In his speech he extolled the virtues of Fatherhood and his importance in the Family. Fathers are irreplaceable in the family teaching their children not only true life values but useful things like bicycle riding and driving a car.

The then President suggested that celebrations should be encouraged to extoll the virtues of good Fathering and flags should be flown to mark the occasion.

These days, the roll of Father in the family has changed. Many Fathers now stay in the home as house husbands looking after the children while the wife and Mother returns to work. Male couples are allowed to adopt children so that some households have not one but two Fathers.

With the importance of a Father's role in the home it seems fitting that there is a special day to honor him. Father's Day or rather more correctly Fathers' Day has come a long way!

Family Fun

Father and Son have fun with my poor caterpillar eaten cabbages!
Father and Son have fun with my poor caterpillar eaten cabbages!

Dear old Dad

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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

An interesting history and beautifully told.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thank you for the kind comment, Kushal


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

There is something so special about Dads, I just adore mine...


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Sadly mine passed away ten years ago and is sadly misssed. He was very special . Thanks for the kind comment BP.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Nice hub, sorry it took me a while to get to. I'm kind of on the fence about the importance of having a Father's day. Fathers are indispensable for sure, but I like Mother's day because it recognizes a figure that is usually taken for granted. Mothers often work 24-7.

If I get married someday, I am going to make sure that each of us gets one day of the week completely free from our family duties.Perhaps I don't appreciate Father's Day because of my own experiences, but I think that mothers are often under-appreciated.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Alexander I totally agree. In fact I don't remember Father's Day in UK until recently. It just popped into my head one day so I wrote it. But Mothering Sunday is what we celebrate in Uk, a church year based occasion. Personally I hate the current day commercialism of both events in the USA


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Zollstock 7 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

Interesting overview - I've always suspected that these holidays were somehow tied to market forces, and that the recent push by our politicians to celebrate and include fathers more has to do with the high rates of divorce and single-motherhood we are experiencing. The modern take on Father's and Mother's Day is catching on in Germany as well as of late (yes, Hallmark is taking over!). I've dug my heels in about both, regarding my own parents and my role as a mother. When someone is important and valued, they should be appreciated all year long, not just because the calendar says so ;-).


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Zollstock, I agree with you about appreciating your parents all year long. This is where the UK's Mothering Sunday is different than Mothers Day as I wrote in my hub on the subject.(linked above) Thank you for your comment

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