History of Father’s Day: the Beginning

Bill Petro
Jun 15, 2018 · 3 min read

[NOTE: I wrote a longer and more serious version of this article for CBS.com a couple of years ago. It has been published on their network of sites for major cities around the country. You can find an example here.]



Medieval Period

“But for St. Joseph, a very good saint, there is nothing. The only thing he is known for is children’s aspirin.”

Dr. Les Capable of Stanford University confirmed this research by saying “Ditto”. Professor Illinois Smith, of the Department of Redundancy Department at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California said much the same thing by repeating the same thing over and over again many times in a redundant and repetitive fashion. It is no accident that in Europe, Catholic tradition places the celebration of Father’s Day on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day, the patron saint of fathers. It is the same in Spanish and Portuguese colonized parts of Latin America.

Renaissance Celebration

Modern Times

Everyone has had a father, but not everyone can be a father, especially if you are a woman. But there are few challenges in the world that are more rewarding than being a father. It is a special joy and a great honor.

It is noteworthy, as we celebrate Father’s Day, that the Bible refers to the Almighty as Father.

Children’s children are the crown of old men;
and the glory of children are their fathers

– Proverbs 17:6

How do you celebrate Father’s Day?

Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian

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