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The proposed budget for the Uganda National Father’s Day celebrations 2021 to be held at Kololo airstrip is 60,000 USD


On July 5, 1908 in the USA church in Fairmont, West Virginia held a special Father’s Day service to honor 360 men who had lost their lives in a coal mine explosion earlier. This was a sole observance.

The woman behind it

The most influential advocate of the Father’s Day concept is Spokane (Washington) resident Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. She got the brainwave after attending a church service that honored mothers. She believed fathers deserved a day to themselves too. Her own dad William Jackson Smart had single-handedly raised Sonora and her five siblings after his wife’s death in childbirth. Their father-daughter relationship was a strong one. She proposed to her church’s minister that the third Sunday of every June be dedicated to dads, and was rewarded a year later for her persistence. Her community came out in full support on that day, the mayor of Spokane and the governor of Washington issued proclamations. However, it took years before it became a national holiday in America.

How it Spread

After Spokane started observing the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, other American cities followed suit. President Woodrow Wilson verbally approved it but it wasn’t until 1924 that Father’s Day became a national event, when President Calvin Coolidge termed it so to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared it as official and in 1972; President Richard Nixon signed a permanent proclamation to that effect.
Since then this day spread in different countries across the world though different countries celebrate this day on different days.

How it started in Uganda

Father’s Day was organized for the first time in Uganda by Men’s Forum Against Domestic Violence Uganda on 21st June 2016 and it was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja who represented the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
In his speech, he promised that he was to table to cabinet the idea of gazetting Father’s Day as a public holiday in Uganda.
The main celebrations were at Bat Valley theatre in Kampala and the first father’s day was celebrated under the theme; “Do fathers still treasure in being fathers”.

Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?

More than four out of five men worldwide will be fathers at some point in their lives. And nearly all men in the world have some connection to children as brothers, uncles, teachers, coaches or simply as friends. A growing and overwhelming body of evidence from the Global confirms that engaged fatherhood is good for children, good for women and good for men themselves. Yet engaging men as caring, involved fathers and caregivers has seldom been the focus of our global efforts to engage men in gender equality.
Therefore the reason for this day is to create a safe ground for fathers to discuss about Father’s experiences in order to promote fathers involvement as active parents, non-violent fathers and caregivers and also to rejuvenate the value of being a father in Uganda and globally.


2020: “Father’s in the lives of their children.”

2019: “Engaging men in child care as a way of reducing violence against children.”

2018: “Bringing back the fathers as an approach for family stability.”

2017: “To what extent should fathers participate in child upbringing?”

2016: “Do fathers still treasure in being fathers?”