Father’s Day is the day we celebrate Fathers everywhere and tell them how much they mean to us – but do you know when Father’s Day originated, and where? Find our with these fun Father’s Day facts!
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Wow your Dad with your knowledge with our fun facts about Father’s Day!
10 Fun Father’s Day Facts
- Father’s Day originated in America. The first unofficial Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington on 19th June 1910.
- The Father’s Day concept was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd from Washington. Her father raised his 6 children single-handedly, after their mother died in childbirth. June was her Dad’s birthday month.
- Most countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. In Australia, it’s the first Sunday of September. Finnish people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November. And in Germany they celebrate on Ascension Day, the 40th day of Easter.
- In Thailand, the King’s Birthday is National Father’s Day – currently this is 5th December.
- Rose is the flower of Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents a deceased father.
- In 1972 US president, Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law as a permanent national holiday.
- There have been 2 sets of Father-Son Presidents of the USA – John Adams (2nd) and son John Quincy Adams (6th), and George Bush (41st) and his son George W. Bush (43rd).
- In the seahorse world, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.
- Indian man Ramjit Raghav became world’s oldest Dad in 2012 when he fathered his second child at 96.
- Greeting cards are the number one gift item on Father’s Day, with most popular card being “Dad from Daughter”.
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