Following in the footsteps of Valentine’s Day which celebrates your loved one and Mother’s Day to show the woman in your life just how special she is, Fathers Day is a worldwide occasion in celebration of your dad.
Falling on the third Sunday in June, it celebrates the impact fathers and father figures have on the lives of their children. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, it’s an internationally recognized event.
Father’s Day began around 100 years ago over in the US and has since made its mark all over the world.
How did Fathers Day begin?
The exact origin has been disputed. Most believe it began with Sonora Dodd, from Washington, who came up with the idea after hearing the Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 and thinking (not without good reason) why the dads didn’t have their own day too.
She and her siblings had been raised by their father after their mum died in childbirth.
Dodd began a campaign…and well, the rest is history.
Other people argue it was Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia, who suggested celebrating the day in 1908. She apparently put the suggestion forward after a mine explosion in a nearby town killed more than 360 men – the idea being it was a day for children to remember their fathers.
Whatever the reason, we’re glad of it.
How is it celebrated around the world?
We know what the traditions are in the UK, but what about abroad?
In Germany it’s called Vatertag or Mannertag (or men’s day).
It’s traditional in some places for men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wine and meats.
In China it’s marked on the 8th August because eight in Chinese is ‘ba’ and a colloquial way of saying father is ‘ba-ba’ – so eighth day of the eighth month sounds like father.
Happy Fathers day to all great dads out there