Father’s Day has no religious connotations. In fact, it is a largely secular holiday that was created to complement the more traditional Mother’s Day celebrations that are so common worldwide. It was only in the early 20th century that Father’s Day was introduced in order to honor fatherhood and the role and contribution of fathers within a family. It is also common to celebrate the memories of forefathers on this day.
Father’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in the first decade of the 1900s. The first commemoration was held in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in Fairmount, West Virginia in 1908 and its popularity soon spread among other small churches and communities. The first Father’s Day celebrated in the month of June was in 1910, in Spokane. Despite the efforts of numerous public officials and authorities (such as President Woodrow Wilson) to make Father’s Day a national holiday, it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon recognized the day officially.
Today, Father’s Day is celebrated in most countries around the world on the third Sunday in June, although other countries choose other days in the calendar to honor their dads. Australia and New Zealand, for example, celebrate Father’s Day in September. Today’s celebrations focus on gift-buying and family-oriented activities. It has become a largely ??consumer’ holiday, with many retailers jumping on the bandwagon and promoting their wares for people to purchase the perfect gift for the favorite man in their lives.