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There are two stories about the origins of Father's Day
The lore goes that the holiday is the brainchild of two women. The first, Grace Golden Clayton of West Virginia, suggested to her pastor in 1908 that the church honor fathers, an idea likely inspired by a mining disaster in nearby Monongah the year before that killed 362 men and left 1,000 widows and children.
The other woman, more widely recognized as the creator of Father’s Day, was Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Dodd and her five siblings were raised by a single father in a time when that was largely uncommon, and in 1910 she started a petition to recognize the holiday.
Father’s Day is now celebrated in many other countries, including Thailand and Australia, though not always on the same day as in Canada and not always in the same fashion. For instance, the Telegraph notes that in Germany, "[in] certain regions it is traditional for groups of men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats. Heavy drinking is common and, according to official statistics, traffic-related accidents spike on this day."
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there. No matter your age or status – new father, old father, grandfather, father-in-law, stepfather or father figure who fills the role without any formal title – you are making a profound difference.
Janice & Jason
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