Today, Sunday, June 20, we celebrate Father’s Day in Argentina and several countries.
The origin of Father’s Day dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of an American civil war veteran, wanted to honor her father for having raised his six children alone with love and dedication, after the death of his wife during her sixth childbirth.
In 1909, after listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day (which was already celebrated in that country at that time), Smart Dodd proposed to install this holiday on his father’s birthday, June 5.
The date did not prosper, but the intention to celebrate all parents did: In 1924, Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, supported the idea of making this day national and, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson finally declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in that country.
Since when is it celebrated in Argentina?
In Argentina, the first celebration of Father’s Day was held on August 24, 1958. That day, but in 1816, Mercedes Tomasa de San Martín y Escalada was born, the only daughter of General José de San Martín and, for this reason, the tribute was extended to all parents.
However, in the 1960s, the celebration in our country was aligned with the American date.
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