The History of Father’s Day
Father’s Day is believed to have originated in the early 1900s in the US. The first celebration in 1908 honored the 362 fathers who were lost in the Monogah mining disaster. The popularity of honoring fathers, just as mothers were honored every year, gradually spread. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday.
The day is often considered a “second Christmas” for fathers. Common gifts include ties, socks, golf clubs, sporting tickets, electronics, books, cologne, grills, tools or anything dad likes. Some young children may choose to make a craft or homemade card for their dad, while mothers and older children will typically buy a gift.
It’s also a day for family gatherings. Since the weather is getting warmer in most of the US, many families choose to barbecue or have a picnic. Some families may opt for a nice dinner at dad’s favorite restaurant.