According to some scholars, the custom of celebrating Father’s Day can be traced in the ruins of Babylon. The group of these historians believe that a boy called Elmesu wrote a special card for his father nearly 4,000 years ago.
The card was made out of clay, and the boy wished his father good health and long life. There is no specific history available about the boy and his father, but it is considered the boy’s card was actually the beginning of Father’s Day.
History in USA
Father’s Day was originally celebrated in United States of America (USA) in the early 20th century. The day was inaugurated to compliment Mother's Day. America is the origin of modern Father’s Day celebrations.
The entire credit goes to Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane, who struggled hard to highlight this event. The idea came to her mind in 1909, when she took inspiration from Ms Anna Jarvis's struggle to promote Mother's Day.
Expansion of Father’s Day
The idea of Father’s Day received great response from the entire world. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) backed Sonora's cause and as a result, the first official Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. The idea took hardly a few years to gain massive popularity. The day was approved by US President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
A lot of people believe that the first Father’s Day was observed in West Virginia in 1908. Some opine that Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia was the founder of this occasion. Senator, Margaret Chase Smith also played an important role in highlighting the idea in 1957.