Father's Day has been celebrated for years around the world, but usually on different dates. Do you know the origin of this beautiful day which is meant to honor fatherhood and celebrate paternal bonds? We tell you the story behind the first Father's Day.

The history of Father's Day

As they say, the celebration of Father's Day started in 1910 in the United States. It was Sonora Dodd, the daughter of a veteran in the Civil War who began it – almost without knowing it – when she wanted to thank her 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 Mother's Day in 1909 when Sonora said "why not have a day for fathers too?" Hence, she proposed to celebrate on the birthday of his personal hero, his father, on June 5. However, she did not find much support initially. And also, the June 5 wouldn't stand as the precise date. However, the same Sonora encouraged her friends to celebrate whenever they wanted. It was in 1924 when US President Calvin Coolidge declared it a national celebration. Although, it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June as the date for the celebration of Father's Day in the United States.

How to celebrate Father's Day

After you might have chosen your perfect gift for your paternal love, don't stop there! Share with your dad some happy fathers day images or any of the 20 sweet quotes for fathers below:

20 sweet quotes for fathers

1. By Linda Poindexter:
“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.”

2. By Antoine Francois Prevost:
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”

3. By Billy Graham:
"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

4. By George Herbert:
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”

5. By Emile Gaboriau:
"A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.”

6. By Tom Wolfe:
"He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector."

7. By Umberto Eco:
"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom." 7

8. By Johann Friedrich Von Schiller:
"It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

9. Anonymous
"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."

10. By Sigmund Freud:
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."

11. By Margaret Truman:
"It's only when you grow up and step back from him—or leave him for your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it." 11

12. By Clarence Budington Kelland:
"My father didn't tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it."

13. By Jim Valvano:
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me."

14. By Fanny Fern, Fresh Leaves
"To her, the name of father was another name for love."

15. Anonymous:
"A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way."

16. By Reed Markham:
"The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family."

17. By Pam Brown:
"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song."

18. By Gloria Naylor:
"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes."

19. By Ruth E. Renkel:
"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."

20. By Anne Geddes:
"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad."

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