by Merley Greenidge
Who Started It ?
Did you know that Father’s Day was started by a woman?
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington gets the nod. She was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon to honor her father William Jackson Smart who single-handedly raised Dodd and her 5 siblings after their mother died.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910 on the anniversary of William Jackson Smart’s birthday.
Here are some interesting facts from Hallmark about Father’s Day
Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with about 87 million cards given every year.
Fifty percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for fathers.
Almost 15 percent of Father's Day cards are given to husbands.
A fair amount of cards are also given to step-dads, grandfather's, uncles and generally men who have played the dad role in people's lives
The two top-selling categories are "Dad from Daughter" and "Dad From Both."
The official flower for Father's Day is the Rose. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents deceased father.
Greeting cards make up the number one gift item on the occasion of Father's Day
.It is estimated that more than one-third of the cards sold on Father's Day are funny in nature.
Female shoppers spend approximately 50 percent more than men, while buying gifts for their dad.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the permanent law for Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.