Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Father's Day is celebrated in a variety of ways (many of which are similar to mother's day celebrations). Cards, hand made gifts, breakfast in bed and best behaviour for a WHOLE day ;-) are all ways that children show their dads how much they care. DLTK's Father's Day Activities has a wide variety of crafts, coloring pages, printable cards and recipes to make Father's Day extra special.
A great way to add to the celebration is to prepare a song for dad on Father's day (moms get those video cameras ready!). Mary Flynn from Songs4Teachers has kindly provided us with a number of choices, sung to familiar tunes.
Our Father who art in heaven...
Father's Day is a great holiday to celebrate at Sunday School. Kids can spend a bit of time making cards or coloring pages for Dad. As Father's Day happens on a Sunday, it's easy to prepare a couple of things during class and give them to dad when church is over.
The first Father's Day in the United States was observed in Spokane Washington on June 19, 1910. It was proposed by Mrs. John B. Dodd in 1909. Her father, William Smart raised six children alone after his wife died in childbirth. He was also a civil war veteran.
It wasn't until 1966 that Father's Day was declared a national holiday in the U.S. And it wasn't until 1972 that it was declared an annual event.
Traditionally, roses are a part of Father's Day (nope, they aren't just for moms!). Red roses are worn on Father's Day to signify that one's father is living, while white roses mean one's father has died.
Father's Day in Canada, the U.K. And the United States is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September.
Many Catholics call St. Joseph's Day, on March 19th, Father's Day because Joseph was the father of Jesus.
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