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For new readers and those who request to be“好友 good friends”  please read my 公告 firstOn Father’s Day
In the US Father’s day did not become official until 1972 while  Mother’s day was established 60 years earlier. What is the  history of these days in China? Certainly as I remembered when I was growing up only the 4/4 Children’s day was acknowledged. In one’s old age, in my opinion the blessed parents are those whose  children are established, independent, happy, and causing no grief for their Father and Mother (whom we are). Parent-Child relationships are also different in the US compared  to that of China. This difference is one aspects of the difference between Chinese Americans who received their undergraduate education in the US and those who went to college in China. The former group behaves more like regular Americans since college is the formative years of a person.  http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=397508

Note added 6/18/2017)

Yesterday was Father’s Day in many  countries. While we may think of it as a commercialized holiday, its roots stretch as far as the  Middle Ages.

Its modern beginnings date to 1910. Sonara Smart Dodd of  Spokane, Wash., is thought to have hosted the first Father’s Day celebration  to honor her father, a Civil War veteran who raised her and her five siblings  after their mother died.

In France, Father’s Day was introduced  in 1950 by a manufacturer of cigarette lighters as part of an effort to lift sales during  the slow summer season. Germany celebrates on Ascension Day, the Thursday 39  days after Easter, and men traditionally hike together while trailing a small wagon filled  with wine or beer. In Thailand, it is observed on Dec. 5, the birthday of the  former king.

In the U.S., the third Sunday in  June has been officially reserved for dads since 1972, when President Richard  Nixon, the father of two daughters, signed it into law.

“In fatherhood we know the  elemental magic and joy of humanity,” Nixon wrote in his proclamation. “It is a rich patrimony,  one for which adequate thanks can hardly be offered in a lifetime, let alone  a single day.”





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