Why we celebrate Father's Day and what is its history
The Father's day It has been celebrated for years around the world, but usually on different dates. ¿You know the origin of this beautiful party to thank the parents for their work? We tell you when the story that celebrated the first Father's Day, and why in Spain is precisely March 19.
The history of Father's Day
As they say, the celebration of Father's Day was born in 1910 in the United States. It was a daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, who invented it almost without knowing it when she wanted to thank your father for all the effort he had made to educate her and see her grow up on a farm in the state of Washington.
So, it was the Mother's Day of 1909 when Sonora was told "Why not have a day for parents too? " and proposed to celebrate on the birthday of his personal hero, his father: on June 5. However, he did not find much support in that this was the precise date and the same Sonora encouraged his friends to celebrate when they wanted.
It was in 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge declared it national celebration, although it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday in June as the date for the celebration of Father's Day in the United States.
Father's Day in Spain
The history of this ephemeris in Spain, however, is different. Spain celebrates Father's Day together with Andorra, Belgium, Bolivia, Croatia, Honduras, Italy, Mozambique and Portugal, among others, on March 19. The Day of San Jose.
How much history was it in 1948 when a teacher named Manuela Vicente Ferrero decided to hold a day in her school to congratulate the parents for their work in the education of their children. The idea was his, although also encouraged by other parents: they wanted a celebration like Mother's Day.
So, he decided to celebrate this day on March 19, San José Day, that is, the day of the father of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian tradition. The reason was to consider Joseph as a model of a father and a Christian family head, humble and hardworking.
The truth is that the celebration, which included mass, delivery of gifts and a small children's festival, delighted in the area and soon spread, even going out in newspapers of the time, in which Manuela herself wrote to encourage other schools to celebrate this festive day. Even in 1951 they interviewed this teacher at Radio Nacional to tell the "story" of this celebration.
As we read these stories, we observed how both in Spain and the United States this celebration was born of the desire to congratulate and thank the parents for their work with the children. It was some time later when the dye of the gifts was added.
In Spain, for example, the party soon had the support of the mythical Galerias Preciados and El Corte Inglés, which soon spread throughout the country, becoming popular and becoming a national holiday in which children gave gifts and surprises to the parents and in which, also in many occasions, it took advantage to make plans in family. As we continue doing today.
Angela R. Bonachera
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