The world’s first Father’s Day was celebrated in the United States in 1910, was initiated by Mrs. Dodd(Sonora Louise Smart Dodd), who lives in Spokane, Washington, USA. Mrs. Dodd’s mother died of dystocia when she gave birth to her sixth child. Mrs. Dodd’s father, Mr. William Smart, who had ever participated in the Civil War, was responsible for raising and educating 6 children after his wife’s death. Mrs. Dodd ranks second and she was the only girl in the family. The attentive nature of women made her more aware of her father’s hard work. Mr. Smart worked hard during the day and took care of 6 child at night. After decades of hard work, the children finally grow up, and the hope that Mr. Smart can enjoy his later life. But unfortunately Mr. Smart died in 1909 due to years of overwork.
In 1909, when Mrs. Dodd attended the church’s Mother’s Day activity for thanksgiving, she missed her father in particular. Mrs. Dodd knew that her father’s love and hardship in the process of raising children was no less than any mother. Mrs. Dodd told her feelings to Rev. Rasmus of the church and hope to have a special day to commemorate the great father of the whole world. In recognition of the pastor’s approval and the support of various church organizations, Mrs. Dodd wrote a letter to the mayor and the state government to express her thoughts and suggested that her father’s birthday - June 5th as Father’s Day. The mayor of Spokane and the Governor of Washington state publicly agreed that while the state government adopted this proposal. And finally the festival was changed to the third Sunday of June. Then on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, the world’s first Father’s Day celebration was held. Actually in about the same time, people in other towns across the United States also began celebrating “Father’s Day”. On Father’s Day, people choose specific flowers to show respect to their fathers. People adopt the suggestion of Mrs. Dodd. They wear red roses to show their love to the living father, while wearing white roses to express their condolences to their deceased father. This custom has been handed down until now.
Fathers Day is coming. Say to Dad: Hard work, I wish you a happy holiday