You’ll be surprised to learn the facts behind
While many people may think
that Father’s Day is a holiday created in
reaction to Mother’s Day, this
sentimental holiday has a far more
interesting history and even more fun
Honoring thy father is a concept that
dates far back to biblical times.But the
day meant to really make dad feel
special didn’t go into official effect until
1972. And while Mother’s Day was
established officially in 1914 (but widely
celebrated before that date), Father’s
Day was not met with the same vigor
On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church
hosted the nation’s first event explicitly
in honor of fathers . During a Sunday
sermon, the 362 men who had died in
the previous December’s explosions at
the Fairmont Coal Company mines in
Monongah were honored in a one-time
Below are the 10 uncommon facts about fathers day.
1) Father’s Day was invented by American Mrs. Sonora Smart
Dodd who wanted to honour her father, a veteran who had, as a
single parent, raised his six children. The first Father’s Day was
celebrated on June 19, 1910.
2) Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was originally met with
laughter. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision
with a local newspaper complaining that it would lead to
mindless promotions such as ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’.
3) The first American president to support the concept of
Father’s day was President Calvin Coolidge, who did so in
1924… but it wasn’t until in the year 1966 that President Lyndon
Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that resulted in the
declaration of the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
4) According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day
is the fifth-largest card-sending holiday.
5) In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated differently from other
parts of the world. Männertag (Men’s day) is celebrated by
getting drunk with wagons of beer and indulging in regional
food. Police and emergency services are in high alert during the day.
6) Going for a floral gift? Traditionally fathers should be given
the gift of white or red roses. The rose is the official flower for
Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while
a white one represents deceased father.
7) Surprisingly, the trusty slipper gift isn’t the most popular Father’s Day present – it’s actually a tie.
8) The world record for having the most number of children
officially recorded is 69 by the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev
(1707-1782), a peasant from Moscow. His first wife gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of
quadruplets. Dinnertimes must have been hectic!
9) Although there is no evidence of its origin, it is believed that
the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century.
It is said to come from the first syllables uttered by babies ‘pa’ plus the kinship suffix ‘ter’ – accounting for the latin ‘Pater’, the
Spanish ‘Padre’ and the French ‘Pere’. Takes ‘baby talk’ to a new meaning.
10) In Thailand, Father’s Day is set as the birthday of the king.
December 5 is the birthday of current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Rama IX). Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather
a Canna flower (Dok put ta ruk sa) which is considered to be a masculine flower.
Happy father’s day!
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