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Father’s Day is an international celebration honoring the fathers in our society. It complements another celebration where a parent is also being honored: Mother’s Day.
See the fact file below for more information on the Father’s Day or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Father’s Day worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- The United States’ first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington.
- However, Catholic Europe has been celebrating the occasion on March 19 (Saint Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages.
- This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America.
- The Western countries just re-dated Father’s day to every third week of June.
- After Anna Jarvis’ successful promotion of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
- It was to honor 362 men who were killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion.
- Sonora Smart Dodd started her quest to establish Father’s Day as a national holiday.
- She was one of six raised by her single father and thought fathers should be honored the same way as mothers.
- In 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge suggested that the celebration be observed in the U.S.
- The proclamation of making Father’s Day a permanent national holiday was when U.S. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
- Some countries celebrate Father’s Day during the months of March, May, or September.
- The officially recognized date of Father’s Day varies from country to country.
- Many countries followed suit from the U.S. by celebrating Father’s Day every third week of June.
- Some countries such as Philippines, Colombia, France, and Vietnam will celebrate on June 16, 2019, June 21, 2020, and June 20, 2021.
- Spain, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Bolivia, Honduras, among others celebrate Father’s Day every 19th of March.
- Russia celebrates the occasion every 23rd of April as Defender of the Fatherland Day.
- Called “Ascension Day”, Germany celebrates Father’s Day on May 30, 2019 and May 17, 2020.
- Uruguay celebrates Father’s Day every July while Dominican Republic, China, Brazil, Samoa, and South Sudan every August.
- New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Latvia celebrate Father’s day during September.
- Luxembourg celebrates it every October while Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Iceland celebrate every 2nd Sunday of November.
- In the Islamic Calendar, Father’s Day is in line with Rajab, Ali Ibn Abi Talib’s birthday during April.
- 40-year-old Yu Xukang walks 18 miles with his son, Xiao Qiang, strapped to his back in a specially constructed basket.
- Ryan Arebuabo, a stroke victim and single father of two kids, gained fame after a video of him feeding his two kids at a fastfood restaurant went viral.
- Alistair Campbell got a tattoo so his daughter wouldn’t feel bad about her cochlear implant.
- On the 40th day of Easter, Ascension Day, German men celebrate Father’s Day by organizing hikes and other gatherings that are well-supplied with food and alcohol.
- Father’s Day in Russia is a celebration that has evolved from a military commemoration to an unofficial tribute to all men.
- On Feb. 23, Defender of the Fatherland Day, parades celebrate the Russian Armed Forces while men can expect to receive small gifts from the women in their lives.
- Father’s Day is held in Brazil on the second Sunday in August in honor of St. Joachim, the father of Mary.
- France owes its Father’s Day celebration to a company that manufactured cigarette lighters.
- In Thailand, men get canna lily (masculine symbol) flowers on Father’s Day.
- South Korea celebrates “Parent’s Day” instead of Father’s Day.
MORE FATHER FACTS
- In Thailand, the king’s birthday also serves as National Father’s Day. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor.
- Famous singers like Stevie Wonder’s song “Isn’t She Lovely” is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. Eminem dedicated songs to his daughter Hailey.
- Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks, united much of Western Europe has been called the “King and Father of Europe”.
- A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin.
- George Washington, the celebrated father of United States, had no children of his own.
- In some countries, roses are the official flower for Father’s Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.
- Neckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts, followed by tools and other men’s accessories.
- According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending holiday of the year.
Father’s Day Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Father’s Day across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Father’s Day worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Father’s Day which is an international celebration honoring the fathers in our society. It complements another celebration where a parent is also being honored: Mother’s Day.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- My Father
- Mythical Fathers
- World Greetings
- Animal Dads
- Father of…
- Dad Jokes
- All the Feels
- Dad Gifts
- Happy Fathers…
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