Father's Day

  • Celebrated: Jun. 16 

Father’s Day

Time: Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century. It is held on a variety of dates across the world and typically involves gift-giving, special family dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. However, it is commonly celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 countries.

Origins

Father’s Day is a special day to thank and honor fathers. It first began in the early twentieth century in America. A common belief holds that the first Father’s Day was held on June 5, 1909 through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. She wanted a celebration, like Mother’s Day, that honored fathers like her own father, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his big family with 6 children alone when his wife died. So Ms. Dodd wrote a letter to the Washington D.C., suggesting his father’s birthday as a holiday to honor all fathers. The government took the advice and decided on the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. In 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane City, Washington D.C and in 1972 the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

Currently, Father’s Day has been spread across the whole world. People in different countries and regions manage to honor fathers in different ways. For example, on the morning of that day kids usually wake up early and cook breakfast for their fathers and they also send some small gifts.

Customs

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made. People usually take the advice of Ms. Dodd that wearing red roses shows their respect and love to their fathers who are still alive while wearing white roses means commemorating their fathers who have passed away. At the first beginning, Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates across the world, a fact resulting in different traditions people follow. For example, people in some parts of America regard dandelions as the symbol of Father’s Day while people in other places use white cloves with a green leaf to show respect to fathers. Besides, on the morning of that day kids usually wake up early and cook breakfast for their parents.

Gifts

Over 20 countries in the world are accustomed to hold religious ceremony and send cards and gifts to celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so gifts are rather simple. Beside ties and cigars, people can hardly think of other gifts. The following list may give you some hints.

1. Leather Belts
2. Wallets
3. Flowers (roses, sunflowers and carnations are highly suggested.)
4. Girdles
5. Shavers
6. Cards or giving a call
7. Spending more time with fathers
8. Cooking for fathers

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I updated this article on May 22, 2013
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