Father’s Day 2021 : Date, History and Significance

Father’s Day 2021 : Date, History and Significance

Father's day 2021, Father's day 2021 date in India
This year Father’s Day wil be celebrated
on June 20 in India.

Fathers are indeed the most integral part of a family. His love for his children is unconditional and precious. A father is the one who sacrifices his desires to fulfill the wants of his children. He works hard everyday to provide comfort to his family. Susan Gale said, “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” Hence, Father’s Day is celebrated every year to rejoice the boon of having a father and cherishing his smile.

The date for Father’s Day changes year-to-year. Most countries celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June. The date varies in some countries. In European countries like Spain, Italy, Portugal, Croatia Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19 which is also marked as St. Joseph’s Day. The day is celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday of September; Norway, Sweden and Finland observe Father’s Day on the second Sunday of November. Russia celebrates the day on February 23. In India, we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June every year. This year, Father’s Day will be celebrated in India on June 20, 2021.

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History of Father’s Day : 

According to many sources, the history of Father’s Day isn’t pleasant. It was said that the day was first marked after a horrible mining accident in the United States on July 5, 1908. On that day a mining mishap happened at Fairmont in West Virginia. Hundreds of men died in the mining mishap. Grace Golden Clayton, the daughter of a dedicated reverend, suggested a Sunday service in memory of all the men who died in the mining mishap. It was not accepted then

In 1910 another woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, again started observing Father’s Day in honour of her father William Jackson Smart. Her father was a Civil War veteran. A church sermon Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day in honour of her mother. Sonora was moved by the church sermon. As a result, she tried to convince the Spokane Ministerial Association  to celebrate June 5, her father’s birthday, as Father’s Day worldwide to honour fatherhood. Her father was a single parent from Arkansas. He brought up six children brilliantly. Her father’s dedication, integrity and sacrifices were exemplary for Sonora. She felt this deep sense of gratitude and wanted to pay tribute to his fatherhood.

The Church was convinced by Sonara and finally settled for the third Sunday of June. In this way, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Later in 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson signed a presidential proclamation and declared the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day as he 

Since then, Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world with great enthusiasm and joy. Father’s Day is dedicated to emphasize the paternal bond, the role of father in children’s lives, families, and society at large.

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