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Find Out More About Father’s Day with These Facts That May Be of Interest

Find Out More About Father’s Day with These Facts That May Be of Interest to Us

Join us in celebrating Father’s Day with these facts about Dad’s Day.

For many of us, our dads probably played a significant role in our lives. From teaching us to ride a bike to offering words of advice, our dads have usually been there for us. Let’s celebrate our fathers in honor of Father’s Day on June 18, 2017. Whether enjoying a meal together or exploring the Great Outdoors, here are some facts about Father’s Day that may be of interest.

First Comes Mother’s Day, Then Comes Father’s Day

After the civil war, Mother’s Day traditions became popular across the country. It eventually led to the establishment of Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Shortly after the establishment of Mother’s Day, a movement to recognize fathers came about. Largely advocated for by Sonora Smart Dodd.

Establishment of Father’s Day

The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state in 1910. President Woodrow Wilson acknowledged the holiday in 1916. Later, President Calvin Coolidge encouraged nationwide celebrations in 1924.

European Catholic Traditions

Interestingly, the Catholic Europeans have been celebrating fathers since the Middle Ages!  It doesn’t share our tradition, the third Sunday in June.  Rather, they celebrate Father’s Day on St. Joseph’s Day, which is March 19th.  I was in Madrid in 2009 on St. Joseph’s Day and I couldn’t believe the enormity of the celebration!  Most stores and businesses were closed, on a weekday no less, and the streets and neighborhoods and various establishments were festively decorated.  A true celebration.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in showing our dads how much they mean to us. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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