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Everything You Need to Know about Father’s Day

Whether we call him daddy, old man, pater or pa, the 20th of June is the date for celebrating the role played by our fathers. This has traditionally been a time for giving the most important man in the family a day to remember and while the role of dads has changed in modern times, it remains an occasion that is close to many hearts.

A Brief History of Father’s Day

The first recorded instance of a Father’s Day celebration was in the early 20th century in the USA, and it happened several decades after the first-ever Mother’s Day. Surprisingly, it wasn’t met with universal acclaim, and there are even reports of movements being formed in the following decades to try and get this special day scrapped.

Over time, the idea reached other parts of the world and these days it is celebrated in many different countries. In the UK, this special day always falls on the third Sunday in June, while sons and daughters in the USA and Canada mark the same day in their calendars as Brits.   

Many other countries celebrate their dads on the day of the Feast Day of St Joseph in March, which has been celebrated since the 15th century but which only turned into a modern type of Father’s Day event in the 20th century.  

Fun Facts About Fathers

  • Ramajit Raghav is believed to be the oldest man to ever become a father. He was 94 when his wife had their first child and 96 when their second was born. This Indian wrestler turned farmer put his good health and ongoing vitality down to being vegetarian. Looks like meat is off the menu this Father’s Day!
  • 1248 is possibly the most number of children born to a single father. This claim is made for Moroccan monarch Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif, who is said to have had a 500-strong harem.
  • It is the fourth-most popular day in the year for sending cards, with more than 87 million Father’s Day cards sent every year in the USA. In the UK, there are about seven million cards sent, with Mother’s Day seeing 13 million cards sent.   
  • According to Rolling Stone, the best movie fathers include Sean Connery as Indiana Jones’s dad and Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Among the worst dads on their list are the dastardly Darth Vader and the main character in Mrs Doubtfire – it’s hard to see why!
  • The number of stay-at-home British dads increased ten times over in the first decade of this century, making 1.4 million men the main carer for their children. Hurray for dads!

The Best Ways to Make It a Very Special Father’s Day

There is no doubt that the majority of fathers would most enjoy spending time with their loved ones but, to be fair, they’ve probably done that all year! In terms of gifts, classic like chocolates, wallets and those all-important socks remain among the favourite choices for this day although there is now a huge selection of gadgets, gizmos and other gifts to choose from.

Some families like to play games together, go out for a meal or spend the day carrying out his favourite activities or sports. Really, the ideal way of making the most of this day simply depends upon the interests and personality of the dad in question. That’s definitely made it easier to choose!

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