Google Doodle today marks Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Google is marking the occasion with a symbolic doodle that also has a playful element. The doodle shows colorful hand prints that resemble a dinosaur family.
It sends a message of the bond between the family and the father, also considered as head of the family, leads and protects it. This year’s doodle is considerably simple and symbolic compared to last year when Google celebrated the day with an animated cacti doodle showing the various roles a father plays in a family. The cacti was symbolic of the tough nature of a father.
The celebrations for Father’s Day dates back to 1908 when the first known Father’s Day service was conducted at a church in West Virginia. The service is credited to Grace Golden Clayton, who suggested that the Sunday service to be held in the honor of over 200 fathers who lost their lives at a mining explosion in Monongah.
However, Father’s Day did not become an international event until 1909 when Sonara Smart Dodd from Washington proposed the idea of Father’s Day to Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA on June 5th as it was the day her father was born. The first Father’s Day was observed a year later on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.
The first bill formalizing the celebration was introduced in the Congress in 1913, which suggested that the day should be considered a national holiday. The bill was passed only in 1972 which declared Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday in the month of June.
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109 years later, Father’s Day is celebrated around the world with different forms of celebrations. While fathers are known to protect and pamper their children, today is an opportunity for children to honor their fathers.