It’s not just you and me, but Google is also celebrating Father’s Day. This year’s doodle depicts a father cactus and the things he does for his baby cacti is extremely sweet. The doodle shows the father cactus grooming his baby cactus’ hair, doing the cool dad stuff like playing dodge the balloon. But then, the father cactus is also shown in his nurturing side, him feeding his babies, him teaching them to do things, and just loving them like daddies do. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
While Americans, and now many of us, celebrate the third Sunday of every June as Father’s Day, this special day is celebrated on various other days as well. For instance, in Catholic Europe, Father’s Day is also known as the St Joseph’s Day and is celebrated on March 19 since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often marked for the day. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
The origin of this day is mostly dated back to the feast day of Saint Joseph, that is being held in Catholic Europe since the 15th century. Saint Joseph is referred to as the fatherly Nutritor Domini (“Nourisher of the Lord”) in Catholicism and “the putative father of Jesus” in southern European tradition.
Quite interestingly, according to Wikipedia, this day got established as a holiday in the US only in 1910. It states that, “On June 19, 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. She was also a member of Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), where she first proposed the idea. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honor them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city”.”