Father's Day in the United States is often attributed to the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington, who proposed the day in 1909 to honor her own father for raising six children alone after the death of his wife.
David Hulme, publisher of Vision, holds a Ph.D. in International Relations with a focus on Middle East studies. He is also the public spokesman for Church of God, an International Community, and has authored several books investigating the belief and practice of the first followers of Jesus.
The establishment of Easter as a principal Christian festival is an example of the syncretization of Judeo-Christian and pagan celebrations. The Judeo-Christian Passover became fused with pagan fertility worship to create a new festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ.