Today is Father’s Day in Australia, so I’ve dug out some shots of fathers and children around the world that I’ve taken over the past few years.
My own dear old Dad is no longer with us, and my children’s father lives overseas so they have no celebrations today either. But still it’s nice to see other families celebrating their Dads and thanking them for the role they play in their lives.
Father’s Day honours fathers and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. According to Google, Father’s Day was founded in the United States in 1910 by a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised six children. His daughter felt there should be a day to complement Mother’s Day and set about creating one.
In the USA, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, but here (and in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji) it is the first Sunday in September.
Yes, it has (like Mother’s Day) become very commercialised, but if it gives an added reason to say “thank you” to one of the most important men in your life – why not?
To all the wonderful fathers in my family – and to all the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and men who fill that role for fatherless children – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY. I wish you all a great day.