"Hello Mindy! I am a self-confessed daddy's girl and I want to know more about the history of celebrating Father's Day. How did it all begin? I want to make my dad's day extra special by creating a short clip about it. Thanks! -Ann"
Hi Ann! Your father is very blessed to have a sweet and thoughtful daughter like you. There are a few stories on how the celebration of Father's Day began. It was said that about 4,000 years ago, a young boy named Elmusu wished for his father to have a long and good life by carving a Father's Day message out of clay
. Another story says that the celebration is held in June because it was the birth month of Sonora Smart Dodd's father, a woman who had the idea of a day for fathers while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having raised by her father after her mother died, she wanted her father to know how special he was to her. Also, in 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day
on the third Sunday of June. This year, Father's day will be celebrated on the 17th of June. Happy Father's Day to your dad and to all the great fathers out there!