令人期待的暑假即將來臨，一年一度的父親節也緊接在後，在台灣，父親節取自諧音「爸爸」，因此節日訂於每年8月8日（In Taiwan, Father's Day is celebrated on August 8, as the date sounds like the word for "father" when read aloud in Chinese.），但其實全世界包含美國、英國、日本、新加坡等76個國家，父親節日期是每年「6月的第三個星期日」（third Sunday in June）。本次就讓我們來認識6月父親節背後的故事與緣由。
Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.
She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother's Day. Sonora tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother's Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation's first statewide Father's Day on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd's father.
In 1924 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance of Father's Day, and in 1966 Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation that recognized the day. It became a national holiday in 1972, when Pres. Richard Nixon signed legislation designating the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.
On May 1, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4127, which declared Father's Day as a national holiday, with the first official celebration on June 18, 1972. "Let each American make this Father's Day an occasion for renewal of the love and gratitude we bear to our fathers, increasing and enduring through all the years." he wrote in the document.
Although it was originally largely a religious holiday, Father's Day has been celebrated much the same way as Mother's Day by sending greeting cards or giving gifts. Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to indicate that one's father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased. Other males—for example, grandfathers or uncles who have assumed parenting roles—are often also honored on the day.