19 May Fathers Day Ireland
Fathers Day Ireland
Fathers Day Ireland Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It is celebrated in most countries on the third sunday in June.
On June 19, 1910 in the US, an independently-invented Father’s Day observance was celebrated through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. After listening to a church sermon at Spokane’s Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, Dodd felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition, as well. She wanted a celebration that honoured fathers like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his family alone when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old.
The following year Sonora took the idea to the Spokane YMCA. The Spokane YMCA, along with the Ministerial Alliance, endorsed Dodd’s idea and helped it spread by celebrating the first Father’s Day in 1910. Sonora suggested her father’s birthday, June 5, be established as the day to honour all Fathers. However, the pastors wanted more time to prepare, so on June 19, 1910, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honour a deceased one. Dodd travelled through the city in a horse-drawn carriage, carrying gifts to shut-in fathers confined indoors by illness. A committee was set up to spread the world of Fathers Day, and in the 1960’s and 1970’s many countries began to recognise the 3rd Sunday in June as a day to Thank Fathers for their role.
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