I looked into the history of Father’s Day today. I was curious when and why we started making this a national holiday.
Father’s Day was first known to be started in 1508 in the Catholic Church. It was a celebration of fatherhood. It usually occurred around March 19th. They would celebrate the men in the church. Often then would celebrate the father’s that had died in wars or tragedies.
Catholics were the only people that celebrated this concept of Father’s Day from the 14th century until the 20th century. In 1908, this woman named Anna Jarvis created the modern concept of Mother’s and Father’s Day.
Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day in 1905 after her mother died that year from heart problems. She wanted to celebrate her mother and all mothers. It started to become a wildly celebrated event for the next three years. In 1908, the idea of making Mother’s Day a National holiday was brought to Congress.
They laughed the idea out of the office. They found it absurd. Their claim was if they made a Mother’s Day, then they would need a Mother’s In Law Day and so forth. Where would it stop? As we now know we have holidays everyday for everything. So there was no stop.
By 1911, all the states starting to observe the holiday. In 1914, they signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day to be a National Holiday. The National date is to be held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. During this time companies and organizations were getting greedy and commercialism was beginning. So Hallmark got rich on selling greeting cards in the 1920s.
Anna Jarvis at this point believed commercialism had destroyed her beautiful concept of honoring mothers especially her beloved mother. Anna Jarvis also created a Father’s Day celebration on July 5th, 1908 in West Virginia. They did a Memorial ceremony for hundreds of men that were fathers themselves that had died in a mining accident.
Jarvis thought it would be a good idea to have a Father’s Day ceremony for the men just as they had for the woman for Mother’s Day. This happened for a short time. The day was so close to 4th of July. Over the years the event wildly disappeared. There are many other church’s and states that claim they started Father’s Day. Especially in Vancouver and Spokane Washington. Both those cities have attempted to take credit as the creators of Father’s Day. That is not the case.
There were many attempts over the next years to make Father’s Day a National holiday like Mother’s Day. They finally succeeded in 1966. President Lyndon Johnson made it an official holiday to be held on the third Sunday in June. That’s the way it is now. Father’s and Mother’s Day are both religious holidays that consumerism devours. The fact we celebrate religious holidays as a country is a whole other topic.
As Jedi, we don’t celebrate religious or Hallmark commercialized holidays. I was interested in finding out how all this started. Well there you have it. The religious people find any reason to have a holiday that you are forced to over consume. It’s great to honor your mothers and fathers. The problem is like Anna Jarvis was complaining in the 1920s, it’s all become so commercialized. These holidays force people to spend money. Whether it be fancy dinners out, gifts, cards, trips. Whatever the event may be, most people are spending extra on holidays.
As Jedi, we understand that it is important for some of you to honor your parents on this day. We also believe that some of you like us have lost your parents or may not like your parents or not feel like talking to them at that moment of the year. There should not be pressure on you to reach out to you parents if you do not feel like it. The forcing of a date to show your love creates resentment. It should be when you feel like it, not when the government deems it a National holiday.
So what did we do today? We got super stoned on our amazing Grav Labs STAX Bong. The one in the picture. I am obsessed with this new bong. It’s so badass. Then we made a podcast. I hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for the next JediJoyRichShow Podcast.
Jedi Joy Lightowler is an expert in eating and nutrition & a combat special-ops Air Force Veteran.
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