Monday, June 2, 2014

Buying Father's Day Greeting Cards Online

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide. In Portugal it's celebrated in March 19 and in the days before Father's Day teachers help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for children to take home. The same happens with Mother's Day. 

This modern holiday is about fathers importance in their children lifes and celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June. On Father’s Day people visit their fathers and offer cards or gifts. I created two illustrations for Father's Day greeting cards, one for boys and other for girls.

I tried to find the origin for this celebration. When and why did it start? There is the idea of Father's Day may originate in pagan sun worship because some believe the sun is the father of the universe. The June solstice occurs around the same time as Father's Day.

In the United States there was a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd. She was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations. 
Her father raised six children by himself after the death of his wife. This was unusual at that time. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. 

I also read that it's origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon. Read all about it here.

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