But today, folks in the twin-island nation are making an attempt to bring some joy and place the spotlight on the significance of the event and the recognition of the great contributions made daily, by most fathers, despite the transgressions of a few undeserving ones.
Church services, luncheons, parties, concerts and other forms of tributes are being hosted across the country, to homage to the remarkable contributions of men who have shouldered their social responsibilities, with the maturity expected of all parents.
After the success obtained with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, but the credit for the modern holiday is always given to Sonora Dodd.
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in Spokane on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
At first Father’s Day was scoffed at and even the media ridiculed the efforts, thus it was not until the 1980s that more serious attention and respect were realized. No wonder that the event still lags behind the commercialization and also the more meaningful acceptance that the day is to be taken with greater importance.
Despite these challenges, it is important for everyone, especially Kittitians and Nevisians, to reach out to a father today, and extend best wishes for these men, some who are forced to even perform the roles left void by absentee mothers.
Happy Fathers Day!