Father's Day Facts

Facts about Father's Day

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What is Fathers Day?

Father's Day is a celebration that honours the role of fathers and forefathers.

Around the world, Father's Day is celebrated on different dates though the day is celebrated in a similar manner, usually involving giving gifts to fathers and family activities.

Facts about Fathers Day

Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 87 million cards given every year

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day

President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father's Day to be an official national holiday in 1966

In Germany, Father's Day is celebrated on the same date as Ascension Day.

In Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father's Day is celebrated on 19 March, which is the Feast of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers.

In the USA, the first noted Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

50% of all Father's Day cards are purchased by sons or daughters. Nearly 20% of cards are bought by wives for their husbands; the remaining cards are bought for grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and "someone special."

In Taiwan, Father's Day is celebrated on 8 August as the Chinese for eight is 'ba', while a colloquial word for father is 'ba-ba' - so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to 'daddy'.


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