Humor Series: Father’s Day

History of Father’s Day

A humorous look at the history of Father’s Day and how far back in history it goes.

Bill Petro
ILLUMINATION
Published in
3 min readJun 14, 2024

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HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY: the Beginning

[NOTE: I wrote a more extended and serious version of this article for CBS.com several years ago. It has been published on their network of sites for major cities nationwide. You can find that article here.]

Origin of Father’s Day

The celebration of Father’s Day goes back to the beginning, actually to the Garden of Eden when Abel gave his father Adam a razor while his brother Cain gave his father a snake-skin tie. This was the beginning of Cain’s downward slide.

Contrasts

Scholars have debated for ages why Mother’s Day seems to be more honored than Father’s Day. This phenomenon has been compared to the difference in popularity between the Irish patron saint and the Italian patron saint.

Father’s Day in the Medieval Period

The noted scholar, Father Guido Sarducci, papal legate and gossip columnist for the Vatican Enquirer, has pointed out that for St. Patrick’s Day, we have lots of festivities, lots of green…

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Bill Petro
ILLUMINATION

Writer, historian, technologist. Former Silicon Valley tech exec. Author of fascinating articles on history, tech, pop culture, & travel. https://billpetro.com