Father’s Day in the U.S. And Other Countries

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My dad has been gone for 33 1/2 years and I miss him as much today as I did when he died. Particularly on Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June in the United States. My dad was a fun, but hard-working parent, never aimless. I miss the twinkle in his eye when he saw me and the spring in his step when he carried me to bed! This poem reminded me of him.

Father’s Day was first celebrated by Sondra Dodd in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. She had lost her mother in childbirth and her father cared for her. She wanted to show her appreciation for him. Sondra’s dad’s birthday was June 5, so Father’s Day unofficially ended up in June. The movement to establish a day to honor father’s grew and in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge became a supporter. He did not declare it an official holiday.

Father’s Day was celebrated in June. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared it an official holiday and designated the third Sunday in June as the official date for Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon declared Father’s Day to be a national holiday.

There are some interesting and fun facts about Father’s Day in the U.S.

There are over 70 million fathers in the U.S. And 2 million of them are single. It is the fourth busiest day for sending greeting cards. More than 214,000 men are single fathers.

Other countries also celebrate Father’s Day. Canada celebrates it like the U.S. but unofficially. France celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June. They used to give their fathers’ Bic lighters but now they substitute other small gifts. Germany celebrates the day on the last day of the Easter holiday.

In Asia, India celebrates Father’s Day much the same way as we do, but Thailand celebrates the day on the birthday of their king and everyone wears yellow. In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of their spring which is September.

Now, I’m going to go and start the dinner I’m preparing tonight in honor of my dad. Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there!

 

Business Consultant and Freelance Writer

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3 comments on “Father’s Day in the U.S. And Other Countries
  1. Gail says:

    My dad has been gone for 22 years and like you, I still miss him as much today as I did the day he passed away. I enjoyed your post…. interesting information about Father’s Day!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Great post, Rosemary. We were both blessed with wonderful, loving, and great fathers. Your Dad was such a fine man who loved you so very much. It was an honor to call him my friend. My Dad passed away 28 years ago today. We miss them everyday. Keep up these awesome posts.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Great post, Rosemary. We were both blessed to have loving and kind fathers. Your Dad loved you so very much. It was an honor to call him my friend! My Dad passed away 28 years ago today. I miss him everyday. Keep up these wonderful and informative posts.

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