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Celebrate Fathers Day!
~ ideas to make it special for Fathers

When is Fathers Day? This is a frequently asked question. And the other question usually asked is : Who is responsible for originating Father's Day? Or simply said, who started it?

When is Father's Day?

  • In the States - Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year.
  • In Australia and New Zealand - Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September every year.

Here's a table that shows you the actual days from year 2008 to 2011:

2008 June 15th September 7th
2009 June 21st September 6th
2010 June 20th September 5th
2011 June 19th September 4th

The Origin of Fathers Day

In 1909 in Spokane, Washington, a Christian woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, first thought of a day to honor her father, Henry Jackson Smart. She was in church that day listening to a Mother's Day sermon when the idea came to her.

For her, since the death of her mother, she was raised and nurtured by her father. In her eyes, her father is the most wonderful man; courageous, loving, selfless and all that God meant a father to be. And since her father's birthday was in June, Sonora celebrated the first Father's Day in June 19th,1910.

Fourteen years later, in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent U.S. observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

So the idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in the heart of a woman in Spokane, Washington. Since then Fathers day is being celebrated throughout the world on the 3rd Sunday of June every year.

In our church, we honor all fathers and uphold them with our prayers that they will be all that God wants them to be; a loving husband to his wife, a exemplary father to his children and a contributing citizen to the Kingdom of God and to society.

Fathers Day Ideas

Below are some ideas to let your father know how special he is this Father's Day.

Father's Day Cards: Make your own Father's Day card this year. With the instruction on these pages, you will be able to create a unique card for your father.

Printable Father's Day Cards: Here are a few printables that you can download, print and cut to make that special card.

Gifts for Fathers: Buying a special gift for dad can be very enjoyable. Here are some gift ideas to make your giving very personal - a gift that will be greatly treasured by your Dad.

Father's Day Poems and Quotes: If you are looking for some meaningful poems to celebrate Father's Day, here are a few poems and sayings that you can use in your celebration or choose one and include it in your father's day cards.

And here's Flora, wishing you a very memorable day celebrating Fathers Day with your family.

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