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Celebrate Father's Day

Updated on August 26, 2011

Father’s Day will be celebrated on June 19th 2011, this day is a day that is put aside each year to honor our fathers, to recognize, appreciate, and show him much love. It is a day to validate their importance and celebrate their contribution as fathers for what they have contributed into their children’s lives. It should not take a particular day to display your love, affection and appreciation, but instead this should be done on a daily basis if you have a father who is actively involved in your life.

Fathers are severely under appreciated and they usually take a back seat to mothers because mothers are the main source of the nurturing system more than fathers. There are many fathers out there that are very much committed to fatherhood and are very loving and nurturing. There are many single dads out there also that is raising beautiful children on their own, and I want to especially give them the praise and the acknowledgment they so deserve because for a man to fulfill that role on his own is very hard.

Sonora Smart
Sonora Smart

How “Father’s Day” was established

Father’s Day was brought to light due to a 16 year old girl who held her father in such high esteem and pushed for recognition of this day to show tribute to her father as well as all the fathers around the world, see the love of a child can make a difference in this world.

Sonora Louise Smart is the daughter of William and Ellen Smart of Sebastian County Arkansas, Sonora lost her mother when she was 16 years old, her mom died in childbirth giving birth to her sixth child- a son.

Sonora and her brothers was left to be cared for by their father and she shared in the raising of her brothers, after hearing about Mother’s Day she decided that there should be a day of recognition for her father for all that he had done, and that is how she became instrumental in the establishment of Father’s Day. Sonora was living in Spokane Washington at the time, and she approached the Spokane Ministerial Alliance about making a special day for fathers, she suggested her father's birthday which was in June and they agree to have such a day, but they chose to have it on the third Sunday of each year instead of her father birthday. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington, and in 1972 President Nixon officially established a permanent national recognizable holiday for fathers, known as Father’s Day.

Celebrate Father’s Day

Anyone such as fathers, step-father, adoptive father, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and father-in-law are all included and celebrated on this day.

In general Father’s Day is very much low key, it is usually acknowledged through phone calls, greeting cards, family dinners, giving of gifts and good wishes on this day. An example of low key; on Mother’s Day you can’t find seating in restaurants because it is usually jam pack and there is an extensive waiting time to be seated for dinner, but on Father’s Day usually you can find plenty of unoccupied restaurants seating to accommodate your party.

We make more out of Mother’s Day than we do for Father’s Day, why is this? Today fathers seem to be less active, available, and instrumental in our children’s lives than in past times. There are more absentee fathers today than ever before and the children are left with such low disregard for the male counterpart in their life, leaving them with a mountain of deep seeded emotional issues such as resentment, anger, and low self esteem. If the fathers are not living in the same household and the children are aware of where they are they do not want to be bothered with their fathers, most of them do not want anything to do with their fathers and that’s a shame because the result is usually a big loss not only to the child, but to the fathers as well. I would like to ask three questions:

When was the last time you spoke to your dad? How close are you to your dad? and Have you ever celebrate Father's Day with your dad?

As Father’s Day approaches my prayer is that all children would make an extra effort to reach out to their fathers and if estranged make amends. Forgive your father for the mistakes and the hurts because in doing so it will free you from carrying around the pain of abandonment and rejection for the rest of your lives. It’s time to let the past go and live today to the fullest so that you can offer something better, new, and more meaningful to your children or future children. By breaking the cycle of resentment and unforgiveness you can offer yourself as well as your children the opportunity to experience genuine love, and create cherished and wonderful family memories. May God bless you all.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Claudin_Dayo, thank you for stopping by.

      That is how it should be celebrated every day.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Dave, I know what you mean.

    • Claudin_Dayo profile image

      Claudin_Dayo 

      7 years ago from Southeast Asia

      My parents don't like celebrating stuff's like this for a day, they wanted it to be felt and seen everyday =)

      but this hub still is great.. .

      more powers

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Not so great if you ask me. It is like we as a nation say that our Mom's and Dad's only deserve the one day instead of every day and that is exactly how most live it out too, unless mom or dad need us for something.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Dave, you are right these days should be a life long celebration, an everyday occurrence, but I think the days that are set aside is more to be celebrated on a national level of recognition which is great.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      jaganddelight: Thank you for drawing our attention to Fathers and Father's Day. We have Father's Day and we have Mother's Day, but are these the only days we should show our parents special attention. "I AM",The Lord our God instructs us to honor our mother and father, not just one day but everyday, which leads me to wonder why there is but one day for either parent set aside.

    • jagandelight profile imageAUTHOR

      jagandelight 

      7 years ago from Florida

      jdove-miller, thanks for your comment. I am glad that you did start to celebrate with your dad because it's never too late to enjoy your dad.

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      jdove-miller 

      7 years ago

      Good job. My siblings and I didn't start celebrating with our dad until his elderly years, but we do now, and he loves it!

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