Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Father´s day

One day a year, we share our love a little bit extra with our fathers, this day has become a habit over the years.  Although we have the impression that father´s day only exists for commercial purposes, there is a beautiful story behind this day. It all started the 19th of june 1909, in the United States, when a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, Henry Jackson Smart. This veteran (of the civil war) became a widow when his wife (the mother of Sonora Smart Dodd) died when she was giving birth to their sixth child. Henry Jackson raised his six children in a rural farm in Washington. Sonora Smart realized that her father had been a role model and proposed his date of birth, June 19, to celebrate Father's Day.

The idea of instituting a Father's Day was received with enthusiasm by many people in several counties and cities, but it was not executed until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of ​​a national Father's Day. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father's Day in America.

This day is celebrated in the major part of the United States on the third Sunday of June. 

A father should be his son's first hero, and his daughter's first love...In Spain the date has changed due to the Catholic influence. St. Joseph's Day, which falls on March 19. St. Joseph is a Catholic holiday memorizing the life of the patron of the carpenters - Joseph - he is the example of fatherhood, a good husband as well as a foster father of Jesus and husband of the Virgin Mary.

In Spain, father´s day was an official holiday. This day is considered as very important in Spain, because it recognizes the contribution of a parent to a family in particular and for the society in general. As well as the day to honor those family members or friends who act as a father figure. Usually the whole family gets together and they give small gifts to the father. In some parts of Spain father´s day is celebrated during: Las Fallas.

Seize the opportunity to express your gratitude to your father. The best way is to hug him and say "I love you, Dad" ... and not just on Father's Day!

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