Father's Day Origin

Friday May 26th, 2023


Canada, like more than 80 countries in the world, also celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a day meant to honour all fathers and father figures and the important role they play in one’s family.

How did Father’s Day begin?

Most people believe that Father’s Day celebration originated in the United States. There are two different stories of how this occasion began. Many believed it was Sonora Smart Dodd who’s the real founder of Father’s Day. Her idea of celebrating Father’s Day came to life when she attended a mass with a church sermon about Mother’s Day. She thought fathers aren’t recognized the same way mothers are honored on Mother’s Day. Her father was widowed, yet he raised her and her siblings well. If mothers are honored during Mother’s Day, she felt that honoring fatherhood is needed as well, so she raised that to her pastor. On June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane Washington.

On the other hand, other people believe that honoring fatherhood had already happened prior to that. Some people believe that it was on July 5, 1908 – when Grace Golden Clayton organized the first public Father’s Day celebration in Fairmont, West Virginia. She came up with an idea to honor fathers when a mine explosion killed over 300 men, most of them are fathers. However, regardless of who the real founder is, the United States’ celebration of Father’s Day became widespread. Many countries around the world embraced the idea of Father’s Day celebration and one of which is Canada.

Father's Day Traditions in Canada

Father’s Day is the best day for us to show our appreciation and love for our fathers. In Canada, each family has their own ways of celebrating Father’s Day. Most families would often resort to using conventional means to celebrate it though – that includes giving gifts, treating their dads to a special meal, watching movies, going fishing, and going to the parks or other places of interest for their dads.


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