Father’s Day is an occasion that celebrates the role that dads play in our lives. But do you know the many interesting facts about Father’s Day and its origins?
Here, we round up various Father’s Day facts for kids, including interesting trivia and fascinating things about this occasion.
Father’s Day Facts for Kids: Interesting Trivia and Things to Know About The Occasion
1. Father’s Day is celebrated each year on the third Sunday of June.
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2. Father’s Day was created by a woman, Sonora Smart Dodd.
3. Sonora was inspired to create Father’s Day, a holiday similar to Mother’s Day after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, in Spokane, Washington.
4. Sonora wanted to create Father’s Day to honour her single father who single handedly raised six children after his wife died giving birth.
5. Originally, Sonora proposed that 5 June be Father’s Day because that was her father’s birthday. However, the date was changed to the third Sunday of June to give the ministers in Spokane time to prepare sermons. The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington was observed on June 19, 1910.
6. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that Father’s Day be celebrated on the third Sunday each year.
7. Another origin story of Father’s Day predates Sonora Smart Dodd’s efforts. In 1907, there was a mining accident that killed 362 men and boys. Grace Golden Clayton from Fairmont, West Virginia, wanted to hold something in remembrance of those who had died and left around 1,000 children fatherless. Therefore, the first Father’s Day service was held on July 5, 1908.
8. Red and white roses are considered the official flower for Father’s Day.
9. Father’s Day is celebrated in 111 countries around the world.
10. In Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.
11. In Egypt and Sudan, Father’s Day is celebrated on 21 June each year.
12. In Mozambique, Father’s Day is celebrated on 19 March every year. Similarly, in Europe and Latin America, you will find fathers honoured on St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.
13. Father’s Day in Indonesia is observed on 12 November.
14. In South Korea, instead of Father’s Day, they celebrated Parents’ Day. This is observed on 8 May.
More Father’s Day Facts
Father’s Day is an occasion that recognises the role that father’s play throughout the world. There are so many interesting ways that fathers are remembered.
15. Besides celebrating father’s, Father’s Day is also an occasion to remember father figures like uncles and grandfathers too.
16. Father’s Day takes place a few days before the summer solstice, making it a great opportunity have some time outdoors with dad.
17. Father’s Day is spelt with as a single possessive noun. This follows the precedent established by its predecessor, Mother’s Day.
18. The most popular Father’s Day gift is a necktie. This is probably because it is such a versatile gift that can come in different designs to express each individual father’s personality, hobbies, likes and dislikes.
19. Cards another highly popular for Father’s Day. Inside, there can be all sorts of Father’s Day greetings and well wishes that can be customized for dads.
20. In the 1920s and 1930s, there was a movement to get ride of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and to combine them together into Parents’ Day.
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