The appreciation of fatherhood, however, dates way back. First celebrated more than 100 years ago, Father’s Day has traditionally been the understudy to its more established counterpart, Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914. It wasn’t until 1972 that dads got their own special day—the third Sunday in June.
A man shares a quiet moment with his sons in a home that was gutted by Hurricane Katrina. This image was shot as part of National Geographic’s coverage of post-Katrina New Orleans in 2007.
In the Republic of Tuva, Russia, a father sniffs his son, a Tuvan sign of affection.
A Bajo elder spear fishes for octopus with his son on the reef off Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.
A young boy piggybacks on his father’s fly fishing trip on the Dolores River in Colorado.
A father embraces his children at a wine festival in Caversham, near Perth, Australia in a picture that appeared in the February 1975 issue of National Geographic.
A father and son repair barbed wire on their ranch near Steen’s Mountain in Oregon. This photo ran in the August 2001 issue of National Geographic.
A man plays the fiddle for his granddaughter in El Carmen, Peru.
A young girl shows off new shoes to her father and grandfather at a tobacco farm in Manicaragua, Cuba. This photo ran in the June 1999 issue of National Geographic.
In Hungary, girls compare a boy and his father’s peculiar trousers. This photo appeared in an issue of National Geographic in October 1914.
A daughter helps her elderly father shave in Montclair, New Jersey. The image appeared in photographer Ed Kashi’s story published in November 2008 of the magazine about the 15 million Americans who care for their aging parents while raising their own children.
Father and daughter study plants at Olympic National Park in Washington. Paul Zahl, a senior scientist at the National Geographic Society for 13 years, wrote and photographed this story for a 1955 National Geographic piece about the park.
A man and his daughter are engrossed in reading even on busy Nanjing Road in Shanghai.
A Basque stone lifter practices the traditional Spanish sport with his 12-year-old son in Leitza, Spain.
A small child snuggles in the folds of his father’s longyi, a tube of fabric traditionally worn by men and women in Burma. The image appeared in the July 1984 issue of National Geographic.
A father and son rest near their horse during a pilgrimage around Mt. Kailas in Tibet.