Fathers Day Trivia

Information and trivia about Fathers Day such as the origins, when it is celebrated in different countries, traditional flowers, facts and other names for Dad

Fathers Day Trivia

Each 3rd Sunday in June children and mum's celebrate this each year by buying their dads socks, chocolate, beer, slippers or maybe one of the nice presents on the left if they are really lucky and loved. But why do we celebrate Father's Day, who invented the annual tradition and is there trivia about Father's Day?
The answers to these questions of the yearly celebration can be found below:

Origins Of Fathers Day

The origins of Fathers Day can be traced back to Spokane in the state of Washington in the country of the United States of America (USA).

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd wanted to honour and pay back the love she received from her papa (the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart who raised her and her five sisters alone as a single widowed parent whose wife had died in child birth of their sixth daughter) and started the tradition in her local area on 19 June 1910.

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The idea came to her during a church sermon on Mother's Day 1909 that sons and daughters should be able to do something similar for their pa's.
Sonara Louise Smart Dodd wanted the date to co-incide with the anniversary of the death of her father, but this could not be arranged and organisers chose the 3rd Sunday in June (Sunday 19 June 1910). Happily this was the month of his birthday.

The celebration soon took off locally and started the tradition of giving dad's all around the world a card, gift, present and a loving relaxing time. This was helped in 1916 when the annual Father's Day celebration met with the approval of US President Woodrow Wilson. However it was not until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge announced that it was to be a yearly national event that it really took off worldwide, including here in the UK.

President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation in 1966 making the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day in America. The law was finally signed in 1972 by President Richard Nixon and finally made it a permanent celebration.

Most countries such as Britain and Canada also time it to be the third Sunday in the month of June, though several countries celebrate on different dates and months. For example Australia and New Zealand celebrate it on the first Sunday of September whilst Spain and Belgium celebrate on 19 March. Other countries celebrate in the winter. For example Sweden is every second Sunday in November.

In recent year's grandfathers, husbands, uncles, in laws and step fathers have celebrated it. Some see it as a celebration of manhood.

Should I Give My Dad Flowers? - Yes! Many people think flowers are just for women and are a feminine present. However dad's appreciate the gift of flowers too because they are a loving thoughtful gift. Dads will love a flower or a bouquet.

Traditionally they should be given the gift of white or red roses, though some daddies may prefer more macho plants or flowers that a florist can recommend.

If you are to wear a flower you should wear a red rose if he is alive or a white rose in memory of him if he is dead.

Fathers Day Facts

The fifth most popular purchased greeting cards are for Father's Day

Roman Catholics celebrate it on Saint Joseph's Day which is on 19 March, though in modern times this is now a separate Saint's Festival for dead fathers.

Slippers aren't the most popular present - it is the gift of a tie.

Other Names For Father

  • Da
  • Dad
  • Daddy
  • Pa
  • Papa
  • Pappy
  • Pop
  • Pops
  • Pater
  • The Old Man
  • Windbag
  • Old Fella
  • Sir
  • Papa Smurf
  • Guvnor
  • Paw Paw (especially in Louisiana and other southern US states)

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