Father’s Day – a celebration honoring fathers and fatherhood, the influence of fathers in society. It has been celebrated on March 19 since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish to Latin America, and now many countries in Europe and the USA celebrate it on the third Sunday of June.
Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US until the 20th century. It was set in the 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers.
After Anna Jarvis’ promotion of Mother’s Day in West Virginia, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was set on July 5, 1908 in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Grace Golden Clayton lost her father, when in December 1907, the disaster in Monongah killed 361 men, leaving a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor all fathers.
Clayton’s event did not have celebrations outside Fairmont for several reasons: the city had a lot of other events, the celebration was never promoted outside the town. Also, two events were on the same dates with this event: the celebration of Independence Day and the death of a 16-year-old girl 10 days before. The local church not even think of promoting the event and it wasn’t celebrated again for many years.