Celebrating Motherhood and Fatherhood
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are the special days meant every year to give tribute to Mothers and Fathers, respectively. These celebrations are well-known in different countries like Denmark, United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and even some Asian countries.
On these days, Mothers and Fathers receive flowers, gifts, cards or letters from their children or even from other younger relatives; some who live away from home visit their parents on these days. As mark of respect and love, children are encouraged to send their Moms and Dads mails, give memorable presents or spend valuable time with them.
In 1872, the foremost acknowledged suggestion for Mother’s Day in U.S. was made by Julia Ward Howe. She had proposed that people observe the celebration on the second day of June which was also a day dedicated to peace.
An annual ‘day for mothers’ meeting in Boston, Massachusetts had been held after several years. Until such celebration in United States has received national recognition in the year 1914.
It was also in United States that an idea to set aside a special day to give tribute to Fathers was made. In the year 1909, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. thought about this proposal. After listening to a sermon on Mother’s day, she realized that she wanted to honor her Father, William Jackson Smart.
Recommending for adoption of a National Father’s Day, Dodd drew up a petition. Eventually, the Spokane Ministerial Association as well as the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) supported it. June 19, 1910, through Sonora Dodd’s efforts, Spokane pioneered the celebration for Daddy’s special day.
As years pass by, the custom later spread to other countries celebrating the two different occasions for Moms and Dads.
Days of Celebration:
In United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of every May. In England, the occasion is held in the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is made to correspond with a religious feast called Mothering Sunday.