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June 20 is Father's Day

Posted by Andy L. on

Love You, Dad
Father's Day is being celebrated on 6/20 this year or every third Sunday of June. But, that's only true if you're living in North America like the United States or Canada and eighty-nine other countries below:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Albania
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina[16]
Aruba
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominica
Ecuador
Ethiopia
France
Georgia
Ghana
Greece
Guernsey
Guyana
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Ireland
Isle of Man
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Kenya
Kuwait
Laos
Macau
Mali
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Namibia
Netherlands
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Singapore
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Tanzania
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

In the United States, Father's Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd and was first celebrated on June 10, 1910, in the State of Washington. Sonora Dodd's campaign in the 1900s became the springboard to honoring dads everywhere that over the years the likes of President Calvin Coolidge (1924), Lyndon B. Johnson (1966), and Richard Nixon (1972) have all spoken of Father's Day to be celebrated.

Father's Day was founded on the premise that fathers hold special meaning in our lives. Just like our mothers, we honor our fathers for the bond we shared with them. 

During the Great Depression, a movement was started to dismiss Father's Day in favor of "Parent's Day" lead by radio performer named Robert Spere who believed that, “We should all have love for mom and dad every day, but ‘Parent’s Day’ is a reminder that both parents should be loved and respected together.” Decades later, during World War II Father's day was promoted as a means to celebrate American troops in their fight against the Nazis.

As history shows us, Father's Day celebration isn't without controversy. Today, some retail shops use Father's Day to get people to shop and spend for their Dads.

Interestingly enough, if you've read the news lately... a day after Father's Day celebration or June 21st Amazon.com will be having their "Prime Day" as their biggest shopping event. Many people anticipate Amazon's Prime Day" as the "Big Daddy" of shopping events, especially if you're a "Prime" member.

On that note, if you're one of many people who celebrate Father's Day this year and you plan on buying gifts, know that Father's Day is a day to show all Dads how much they mean to us.

Make Father's Day a memorable one by telling Dad that they genuinely mean a lot to us - in both deeds and words. Our Dads may not always be there for us but let them know we're there for them. An unknown author once wrote, "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."

To all the Dads, Happy Father's Day!

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