I always thought that there were too many holidays in the US. Then I found out with the recent passing of Juneteenth (huzzah!) we really only had 11 HOLIDAYS. All the other ones are observances or “holidays” specific to the state. Only the Federal government has the ability to designate true holidays where people are given a day off with pay. I think my confusion came from the fact that we called all the observances “holidays” when they truly were not. So to correct myself, the US has a TON of observances, state “holidays” on top of the 11 federal holidays.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
- Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (4th of July)
- Labor Day
- “Columbus Day” (also observed as Indigenous Peoples Day)
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Father’s Day is a day we observe to pay homage and honor the fathers in our lives. In the US we celebrate fatherhood and the influence of fathers in society. In 1910 it was introduced and did not really take off for awhile. There was of course the disdain of many that it was yet another attempt at commercialization as Mother’s Day causes a flurry of purchasing gifts and cards. There were some attempts to turn the observance into an official federal holiday but it never passed. I would like to add that originally, the holiday was spelled Fathers’ Day but like so many other things the misspelling Father’s Day was used when a bill was issued to try to establish it as a holiday and it stuck. Oh, woe is me that I have to look at that apostrophe error every year LOL.
South Korea, like many countries, had a Mothers’ Day but not a Fathers’ Day so in 1973 they combined the two and had Parents’ Day to convey thanks to both parents at the same time. It is not a public holiday and no one gets a day off from work but on many people do observe the day by reaching out to parents and thanking them for all they do.
My beloved Daddy passed away in November 2019 so to honor him I light a candle in a crystal hurricane candle holder and burn it all day and night until I retire for bed. I light this candle for most observances when I miss him like Father’s Day and other holidays and of course his birthday and death anniversary. I’m not religious or spiritual so it is certainly odd that I chose a candle but it is soothing to see that flickering light bouncing off the walls. I kiss his photo and look through all the photos I have of him and shed tears and remind myself how incredibly lucky I was to have his influence. It brings tears to my eyes at first but by the end of the day I feel better for having thought of him.
Here are some photos of my sweet, handsome, kind, patient Daddy – Bob.