Father's Day - June 20, 2021

Send Dad a Message of Love

In Canada Father's Day is a holiday celebrated on third Sunday in June. It is a day when children honour their fathers with cards, gifts, and flowers.

It is generally believed that this special day was first observed in North America in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, USA.

As the story goes, the idea for creating a day for children to honour their fathers began when Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for this special day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted him to know how special he was to her. It was he who had made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Henry Jackson Smart was born in June, so she chose to hold the first celebration of this special day in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as this special day for dads.

Roses are the flowers for this special day: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

This day or its equivalent is celebrated on different days. Countries that celebrate this occasion on the 3rd Sunday in June include:

Argentina, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
[Source: Wikipedia]

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