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Origin of Father's Day
Father's Day tradition has come a long way since 1910. The day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. There are two popular versions about the origin of Father's Day.

FATHER’S DAY is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year across the globe, but very few are aware that the tradition completes its 101 years on June 19. The tradition began in 1910, when Sonora Smart-Dodd of Spokane, Washington, decided to honour her dad, who had single handedly raised six children. Sonora was quite touched by what her father had done for the entire family and wanted to pay him a tribute. She decided to celebrate Father’s Day on the day of her father’s birthday - June 19.
The following year, Dodd got in touch with the local churches and tried to convince them to institutionalise the celebration, but her proposal was met with mockery. It took some time before the “thought” once again started gaining attention. A bill proposing that Father’s Day be made official was introduced in 1913. The bill was approved by US President Woodrow Wilson three years later. The bill received further backing from President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, resulting in the formation of a National Father's Day Committee in New York within the next two years. But this was not the end; it took another 30 years before a Joint Resolution of Congress officially recognized Father's Day. The bill had to wait another 16 years before US President Richard Nixon declared third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1972.
There’s another story about the origin of Father’s Day. This one credits Dr Robert Webb of West Virginia for the beginning of Father’s Day. According to the story, the first Father’s Day service was conducted by Webb at the Central Church of Fairmont in 1908. Though a western tradition originally, Father’s Day is now celebrated worldwide to recognize the important role and contribution fathers’ make to the lives of their children.
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