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There are several figures in our life that have set an example, people who touched and changed our life. For those figures are in our family, for some that figure that inspire us to go further is: the Father. We all have a journey to make; in this journey we have to acknowledge our surroundings and cherish each moment. As we grow up paternal figures are usually there, whether they are father, grandfathers, uncles or in some cases stepfathers; thanks to their help we can achieve many challenges. For this and many other reasons there is a special day for them, a day when you can commemorate and pay respect to our father.
History of Father's Day
Scholars struggle to agree on the origin of Father’s Day. Some say that this celebration is not a new phenomenon, that it was actually invented in ancient times by the Babylon’s. Here clay tablets contain the story of Elmesu, were he carved his father message; the boy wished his father good health and a long life.
About 4,000 years have passed since the discovery of these tablets; this tradition has continued, today father from all over the world have a day dedicated to them. In Canada, United States and Mexico Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. But, how does the custom of honoring Dad’s become an official tradition? In the case of the United States the person that made the difference was Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington.
Sonora Smart and Her Love for Her Father
Sonora Louise Smart is the only daughter of William Jackson Smart and Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart; she was born in Jenny Lind, Sebastian County, Arkansas. Even though the Civil War had ended; Sonora still grew up in the after math of the war and went through harsh times. Among the troubles that Sonora went through is the death of her mother at the age of 16. Another challenged she went though was helping her father raise her 5 brothers, including a newborn. This experience brought a positive result, even though death can be traumatic, both Sonora and William came closer, making their bond a special one.
Modern Version of Father’s Day in US
The special bond between a daughter and a father can bring spectacular results. The current idea of the Father’s Day celebration in the USA originated in Sonora mind after listing a sermon in 1909 for Mother’s Day. At that moment she thought; if there is a day to honor mothers, why not have a day to honor fathers?
Because of the strong affection she felt for her father, Sonora Smart Dodd began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the United States. Thanks to her rigorous efforts, Spokane celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Even though, the initial attempt to make Father’s Day a holiday fail in 1916; the seed has been planted. After four decades of struggle, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance for Father’s Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. In addition, Sonora Smart Dodd was honored in 1974 for her contributions and efforts associated to Father’s Day.
Fact: There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States.
The Celebrations and Gifts
This holiday went through several struggles; before becoming an official national holiday. However once it was established, Father from all over the United States could enjoy a day to honor all of their efforts. Among the popular gift fathers receive are neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. As we can see, the greeting card is the still consider one of the best gift to offer our dad.
For Sani Dental Group, the father or paternal figures are an essential element in family. We know that thanks to them, our journal into adulthood was made easier, enjoyable and memorable. So this Father’s Day weekend treat your dad special, make memories and cherish every moment you spent with your family. Also protect their smiles and their teeth with all the tips and recommendations we offer; Sani Dental Group doesn’t only fix your teeth, we also improve your life. Call toll free 1-855-SANI-DDS or (928) 257-1307 and make an appointment or received more information.