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5 Things You May Want To Know About Fathers Day

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There are some interesting facts about Father’s Day before it has become the famed celebration we have today. Are you ready to know some Fathers day trivia? Here are some of the things you didn’t know about Father’s Day:

There is a “Mother” of Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day was the idea of a woman named Sonora Dodd from Spokane, Washington. The idea sparked into her after listening to Mother’s Day sermon in a church service in 1909.

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1940s family photo of Sonora Dodd via Betsy Hillerman Roddy and Barbara Hillerman Lieske

She wanted to honor her father, William Smart, who became a widow early into his marriage when his wife died while giving birth. He had to take care of six children, including Sonora while working as a farmer alone.

 
The people of Spokane, Washington celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Decades later, President Lyndon Johnson held out a presidential proclamation to designate the third Sunday of June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day.
 
Who was the first father to be honored on Fathers Day?
 
William Smart, the father of the lady behind the famous celebration, Sonora Dodd, was a Civil War veteran. He became a widow early into his marriage when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child.
 
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William Jackson Smart, Sonora Dodd’s Father via abcnews

 
After serving in the military, he went home to be a full-time dad to his six children, raising them all on his own. He tilled the lands on a rural farm in Washington. As Sonora has described her father, “He was a courageous, selfless, and loving man.”
 
Mr. Smart was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration this month.

Wear a rose to honor your father

Roses are the official flower for celebrating Father’s Day. The “Mother of Father’s Day” Sonora Dodd suggested that people wear a red rose if their fathers are still alive, and a white rose to honor a deceased father. This practice of wearing a flower during Father’s Day started on June 19, 1910, when the first recorded Father’s Day was celebrated.

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The celebration goes way back to prehistoric times

Scholars believe that the earliest tradition of Father’s Day can be traced in the ruins of Babylon. A young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay some 4,000 years ago.

On the hardened clay, Elmesu wished his father good health and long life. There is no more record of what the boy has become, but the tradition remained in several countries around the world.

It is one of the most popular card-sending holidays

According to the American Greeting Card Association, Father’s Day is in the top 5 most popular card-sending holiday in the world. About 94 million greeting cards are purchased each year for fathers. Husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons, and sons-in-law are also given greeting cards during this season along with father’s day gifts. About 72 percent of Americans celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day each year. The Greeting Card Association is the U.S. trade association serving the greeting card and social expression industry.