There is no better gift,
than that of life. Just the thought of knowing that your contribution has
helped to shape an individual by passing on DNA - genes, and its unique
characteristics, begs the question: what could be more precious than being a father?
The third Sunday in June
2012 will be a celebration for honouring all fathers around the world. June 17, 2012 will not just
afford us the opportunity to celebrate with all fathers, but this day will also allow us to pay tribute to fatherhood,
paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Fathers' Day
complements Mothers' Day which is a celebration that honours mothers and motherhood.
But how was it that this momentous day was created. Many
persons desired a celebration of fatherhood similar to that of Mothers' day. Fathers' Day was
founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was born in Arkansas but lived in Spokane and she was the driving force behind
its establishment. The first celebration of Fathers' Day took place in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Mrs.
Smart Dodd’s father was a single parent, a civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. It wasn’t until 1909 after
hearing a sermon about Mothers' day that Dodd suggested a similar day for
Initially, Dodd would have wanted this occasion to take place on her
father’s birthday-June 5. However, due to insufficient time, the
celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June. The official presidential
proclamation of Fathers' Day was issued in 1966 by President Lyndon B Johnson. Six
years later, the third Sunday in June became a permanent national celebration when
President Richard Nixon signed it into the law in
A fatherly act on show at a church service at NCU SDA Church
persons send or give cards and gifts to their fathers. Some common Fathers' Day
gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking
supplies, and tools for household maintenance. Fathers' Day is a relatively
modern holiday; thus, different families have a range of traditions. Father
figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and
great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before
Fathers' Day, many schools and churches help their pupils to prepare a
handmade card or small gift for their fathers.
In the words of a child... The greatest gift I
ever had came from God; and I call him Dad. As we approach Fathers' Day this
coming weekend, let us celebrate our dads by showing how much we appreciate their contributions, no matter how small.