What is Father’s Day?

BUCKHANNON — Father’s Day and its tradition are widely celebrated every year across the United States of America and around the world, but where did it originate?

Father’s Day is a holiday centered around honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In the Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. The holiday has since been celebrated on the third Sunday of June since it’s foundation in 1910. The day is held on various dates across the world and different regions maintain their own traditions for honoring the holiday.

Father’s Day is a recognized public holiday in Lithuania and some parts of Spain, and was viewed as such in Italy until 1977. It is a national holiday in Estonia, Samoa, and equally in South Korea, where it is celebrated as Parents Day. The holiday pairs similarly with celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother’s Day, Sibling’s Day, and Grandparent’s Day.

This year, it is important to remember our father’s—whether they were present as a large part in your life or for the ones who stepped in a little later. If you are looking for local events to attend in celebration of Father’s Day or even the whole weekend, we have done the research for you.

Many churches in the area are inviting families and fathers to attend church services and some are even hosting meals afterwards to celebrate the holiday. However, if you’re wanting to take a small drive to commemorate the occasion, Weston offers the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash at Stonewall Resort on Friday and Saturday, followed by a Father’s Day Car Show at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on Sunday starting at 8 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m. For a more scenic option, Stonewall Resort is hosting Father’s Day Lakeside on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. and finishing at 9 p.m.

These events may add to your family’s existing special traditions that are maintained throughout the years. So, whether its one of these events or a cookout with dad, remember to honor those father figures in your lives. Watch for the next edition of The Record Delta for follow-up stories of these events.


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