Its fast approaching, Sunday 18th June is Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
Father’s Day is celebrated by getting together with family and giving gifts like cards, gadgets, chocolates and neckties. Younger children often give dad a handmade gift or help make a special breakfast. Father’s Day is one of those days in the year where everyone gets a chance to honour his or her own father in a special way.
Father’s Day weird and wonderful facts
- 1) Father’s Day was invented by American Mrs. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd who wanted to honour her father, William Jackson Smart, a veteran who had, as a single parent, raised his six children. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, William’s birthday. In the United Kingdom Father’s Day does not have a long tradition; The English Year (2006) states that it entered British popular culture “sometime after the Second World War, not without opposition”.
- 2) Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was originally met with laughter. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision with a local newspaper complaining that it would lead to mindless promotions such as ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’.
- 3) The first American president to support the concept of Father’s day was President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924. He said it would “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children” and “impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations,” according to the Library of Congress Wise Guide. It wasn’t until in the year 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day to be an official national holiday. 1972 – President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent U.S. Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.
- 4) According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the forth-largest card-sending holiday. 74 million cards given every year.
- 5) In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated differently from other parts of the world. Männertag (Men’s day) is celebrated by getting drunk with wagons of beer and indulging in regional food. Police and emergency services are in high alert during the day.
- 6) Going for a floral gift? Traditionally fathers should be given the gift of white or red roses. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents deceased father.
- 7) Surprisingly, the trusty slipper gift isn’t the most popular Father’s Day present – it’s actually a tie.
- 8) The world record for having the most number of children officially recorded is 69 by the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782), a peasant from Moscow. His first wife gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. Dinnertimes must have been hectic!
- 9) Although there is no evidence of its origin, it is believed that the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century. It is said to come from the first syllables uttered by babies ‘pa’ plus the kinship suffix ‘ter’ – accounting for the latin ‘Pater’, the Spanish ‘Padre’ and the French ‘Pere’. Takes ‘baby talk’ to a new meaning.
- 10) In Thailand, Father’s Day is set as the birthday of the king. July 28th is the birthday of current king, Vajiralongkorn (Rama X). Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather a Canna flower (Dok put ta ruk sa) which is considered to be a masculine flower.