No Father’s Day Until 1972?

Being a good father is no easy task, hence why there is an entire day to celebrate dear old Dad.  Though in our modern times Father’s Day is widely considered to be the day where Pops gets treated to some manly man time via his lovely offspring. You might be surprised to know that the official celebration was actually the brain child of a …woman.

That’s right; this entire holiday was originally created by a lovely lady named Sonora Smart Dodd. Back in the early 1900s Sonora was impressed by Anna Jarvis’ successful campaign for an official Mother’s Day, and wanted to follow suit by creating a day to celebrate fathers.

Because her old man was a hardworking single parent who raised her and her five siblings all by himself, Dodd trooped around the United States spreading the word about a national day to commemorate the efforts of all fathers nationwide.

Though Father’s Day seems so normal now, the campaign astonishingly received a lot of criticism way back in the day – mostly from men who thought that is was piggy backing off of the much hyped and now official (1914) Mother’s Day. In addition, many felt that the holiday was just a ruse to create another money-making commercial holiday. In fact, many big-name newspapers actually featured several sarcastic cartoons about the proposed celebration.

The backlash, however, didn’t stop companies from supporting the unofficial holiday. Many of them advertised and promoted their products even joking about its contentious nature. There were also several US presidents who supported the creation of the official day, but public resistance continued all the way until the late ‘60s!

It wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson finally issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers (set for the third week of June). Even then, his proclamation wasn’t strong enough to garner an immediate response.  It took six more years, when President Nixon was in office, for the bill to receive its official status as a national holiday… and thank goodness, because it was already 1972!

Now internationally celebrated and widely accepted, this holiday, despite its prickly history, really is important because both single and married fathers everywhere put in a great amount of effort to be the best parents that they can be. That is why The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver wants to recognize these hard working individuals with a brunch especially for Dad.

Just a few of the many delectable delights featured in our special Father’s Day Brunch buffet!

Featuring everything from a fresh raw bar to delicious meats, custom-made omelettes and slow roasted Prime Rib, you can satisfy any hungry man/Dad. Plus, there’s live jazz, delicious mimosas and if he’s got a sweet tooth, endless pastries and chocolate delights for his day of manly indulgence. The icing on the cake?  All Dads at the brunch can enter to win the Ultimate Father’s Day Golf-and-Go Getaway which includes:

• Use of a 2013 Infiniti JX for a week (Monday – Friday)
• A full vehicle detailing
• Round of golf for four at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club

A peek at the nice set of wheels Dad and his pals get to use for the week!

Not too shabby for dear old Daddy, eh? Click here for more info on our special Father’s Day Brunch.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there!


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