Google celebrates Father’s Day!

Google celebrates Happy Father's Day

Google celebrates Father’s Day on June 21, 2015 with an animated Doodle of different fathers ranging from a penguin, a wolf, to a human being. This is to wish dads across different species a Happy Father’s day!

The animation shows the father-child relationship between a male penguin protecting its egg, a wolf pup imitating his father, kittens perching on their father’s back, and a human kid surprising his dad with a gift.

Doodler Olivia Huynh said the new animated doodle was meant to convey a message about the “universality of familial love.”

When the animated Father’s Day doodle is clicked, Google initiates the search for keyword “Father’s Day“.

Google not only puts this Father’s Day feature on the Search Engine service, it can also be found on Google Hangout wherein they created a series of custom animation that portrays the same father-child theme. These animations will show up on both the mobile Android and desktop Chrome versions. Unfortunately, they would more likely only be available on June 21, to coincide with the Father’s Day celebration. They may disappear the following day.

Father’s Day History

We all know that Father’s day is celebrated to honor all fathers or fatherhood (paternity) for that matter, and it’s influence on society on the third Sunday of June every year. At least, that’s how it is in most nations.

Father’s Day can be generally seen as a “Hallmark Holiday”, celebrated by greeting fathers a Happy Father’s Day, or by conveying it more than words, which can be in the form of gifts that portrays the appreciation of fathers with such eagerness.

Then again, Father’s Day has somewhat more history than what the general public knows. The celebration actually originated from the United States and has a rather “tragic” origin.

The first celebration of Father’s Day was believed to have been on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central Methodist Church. It was begun by a woman named Grace Golden Clayton, who was thought to have been inspired by Anna Jarvis’ crusade to establish Mother’s day two months prior.

Clayton suggested it to their pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor her father, along with the other fathers who died in the Monongah Mining Disaster, which took place on December 1907. The disaster claimed 367 men in the two mines, leaving scores of children fatherless.

At first, the event did not took off outside of Fairmont for a few reasons. The main reason was because the city was overwhelmed by other events and the celebration was never promoted outside of the town itself, neither was there a proclamation made in the city council. Another reason was because two occasions eclipsed this occasion – the celebration of Independence Day on July 4, 1908, and the demise of a 16-year-old young lady on July 4. The local church and council could not cope with so many events that they didn’t even think of promoting Father’s day. It wasn’t celebrated again for a long time. The first sermon was not mentioned in press and it was lost. Clayton also chose to be quiet thereafter and never talked about it with other people.

Two years later, Sonora Smart Dodd, who was also inspired by Mother’s Day, persuaded her pastor to deliver a sermon marking Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June at the Spokane YMCA.

The idea spread throughout the city that year, yet it died out when Dodd relocated to Chicago.

Dodd, however, went back to Spokane in 1930 and promoted the cause once again. This time, it was through entrepreneurship. She start selling the idea to companies that made manly goods such as tobacco pipes, and ties.

Shortly thereafter, the Father’s Day Council was established by a group of New York menswear retailers to promote the occasion.

At first, there was some public resistance, as individuals saw it as a money making scheme made up by the companies to make profit out of the holiday. This went on for a couple of decades, but the business endured.

Amid this time, there were a couple fizzled endeavors to make Father’s Day an official holiday, but Congress stood up for it. At last, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a Presidential proclamation honoring fathers, and in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed it into law and made it an official holiday.

Spelling Issues

Father’s Day was supposed to be spelled as Fathers’ Day, as it honors all fathers, and not just only one. Dodd used this spelling when alluding to the holiday, however the spelling was corrupted over time.

In 1913, a bill that proposed making it a national holiday was submitted to Congress, with the spelling Father’s Day in it. When it was approved, the spelling appears to have been stuck from that point forward.

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