Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
Also, we are featuring several sites where yo can download greeting cards for your dad.
A father with his son by the lake
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fathers and male parenting.
Grace Golden Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis’ work to establish Mother’s Day; two months prior, Jarvis had held a celebration for her dead mother in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) away from Fairmont.
After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, on December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor all those fathers.
Clayton’s event did not have repercussions outside of Fairmont for several reasons, among them: the city was overwhelmed by other events, the celebration was never promoted outside of the town itself and no proclamation was made in the city council. Also two events overshadowed this event: the celebration of Independence Day July 4, 1908, with 12,000 attendants and several shows including a hot air balloon event, which took over the headlines in the following days, and the death of a 16-year-old girl on July 4. The local church and council were overwhelmed and they did not even think of promoting the event, and it was not celebrated again for many years. The original sermon was not reproduced in press and it was lost. Finally, Clayton was a quiet person, who never promoted the event or even talked to other persons about it.
Father’s Day in India
Father’s Day is not a public holiday in India. In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally masculine gifts such as electronics and tools on third Sunday of June. Some schools and other children’s programs commonly have activities to make Father’s Day gifts in some large cities. A father is meant to be the first ideal person for every child, so image of father for a child is very respectful from the beginning in India.
Greetings Card Sites
Give your dad a good laugh this Father’s Day by putting his face on a customizable e-card produced by JibJab. The site is offering specialized messages for the holiday. Some of the most popular greetings available employ hit songs such as “Soul Man” and “I’m Too Sexy” and the site’s original “Dad Rap.”
Whether you’re in need of a Father’s Day card for your dad, husband, brother, uncle or friend, 123Greetings.com will have just what you’re looking for. The site offers more than 300 animated and two-dimensional e-cards free of charge.
If your dad appreciates sarcasm, someecards is probably your best bet. The popular meme-sharing site has hundreds of Father’s Day-inspired cards ready to use free of charge. One of their latest additions includes the saying, “Only a few days left to left to buy dad something he won’t like.” For wives looking for the perfect e-cards for their husbands, there’s always the comical, “There’s nobody I’d rather quietly resent our kids with than you.”
If you’re looking for a well-crafted Father’s Day card, but are not willing to fork over the expensive cost of a tangible card, consider testing Punchbowl. While the site does charge small fees for some of its e-cards, a large amount of them are freely available. Users can customize cards and envelopes, and they can even include gift cards should they feel so inclined.
If you’re interested in giving your dad more than an e-card this Father’s Day, print out a free greeting from gotfreecards.com. In addition to e-cards, the site offers dozens of colorful cards you can customize by inserting photographs, stickers and text before you print them. The only other thing you need is a printer!