As a small independent company, family means a lot to everyone here at Plantation Shutters’.
We’d like to honour a day to celebrate the father figures in our lives whatever shape they might take, traditional or not, by delving into the history of this day for dads ahead of Fathers’ Day on Sunday 21st June.
Fathers’ day originated in the US in the early 19th century, however its recognition as a widely celebrated national holiday came some 50 years later than its Mothering Sunday counterpart. In it’s Christian origins, Mothering Sunday was celebrated three weeks before Easter Sunday in honour of The Virgin Mary and dates back many centuries. By 1914, the transition to a widespread celebration of all mothers on this same Sunday annually had become a national holiday.
It was at a Mothering Sunday Sermon that Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, dubbed ‘the mother of fathers’ day’, recognised the need for a similar recognition for her own widowed father who had taken responsibility for raising Dodd and her 5 brothers. Dodd felt that and fathers everywhere should be recognised for their devotion to their families like mothers had been, so she began a campaign for such appreciation.
The solo campaign for this celebration hit multiple snags along the way, and only two signatures were obtained for the initial petition for a holiday in honour of fathers.