Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing you all a wonderful Father's day! Hope everyone is enjoying this day with family.
Here's some information on the origin of this lovely day ...

The Father's Day tradition is centered around the honor of one's paternal influences (fathers, grandfathers, and step-fathers). The holiday is recognized in 52 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Taiwan, Germany, the United States, and Bangladesh. Fathers commonly receive special treatment, gifts, and greeting cards. In Canada, the holiday takes place on the third Sunday of June.

There is some speculation on the actual origins of Father's Day. Some say that it started as a pagan celebration of the summer solstice, but most agree that it began in the United States. A young woman named Sonora Dodd spearheaded the tradition as a tribute to her hard-working father. The idea for the holiday came to her during a Mother's Day sermon in Spokane, Washington. The following year, Dodd began the tradition of wearing a red rose to signify a living father and a white rose to honor a deceased one. Dodd did all she could to support the growth of the holiday, gaining support from the YMCA and Spokane Ministerial Association. Father's Day did not catch on for decades. While it is not an official holiday, Father's Day has been widely celebrated in Canada since the 1980's.
Have a great day everyone,Lenore
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