Father’s Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a “father’s day” was first proposed there were no Father’s Day cards!
Mrs. John B Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a “father’s day” in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father William, whose wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn ;and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19,1910 in Washington. And it was in 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson officially declared the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day.
父親節簡介 Brief Introduction to Father’s Day
This is a day with a relatively short history in America and was established after it became obvious there were a Mother’s Day, but no day for father. Like Motehr’s Day, this day is celebrated on a Sunday and is highly in commercial. Stores offer sales, special greeting cards are sold and the emphasis is on buy, buy and buy. Most children buy standard gifts for their father, whom they call dad, pop, pa, daddy, or papa. Unlike mother who can get an assortment of gifts, father gets things like socks, neckties, underwear, and belts. The greeting card, however, has special significance because of the nature of how men are reared in the USA. It is not easy for men to show emotions, and for sons to express love.
Therefore, this is the one time in the year when a son can express feelings like love, admiration, respect and esteem to his father through a greeting card. Even though fathers are important in society; the celebration of Father’s Day is dwarfed by Mother’s Day. Much less attention is paid to this day because westerners, in general, view the role of mother as more important than that of father. it is changing in the United States, though, as more books and TV shows depict the role of a strong, yet sensitive, father able to successfully communicate with his children and wife.