Father’s Day Facts & Trivia
Well dudes, Father’s Day is in just a couple of days. It’s time we went over some nuts-and-bolts about it.
We’ve got facts, figures and trivia after the jump!
This was sent to us from one of our readers, Scott Hammond, who is a father of nine and a professional speaker and business consultant.
Father’s Day in United States
The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has an official day on which fathers are honored by their children. On the third Sunday in June, fathers all across the United States are given presents, treated to dinner or otherwise made to feel special. A day to celebrate fatherhood and male parenting, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday in the month of June in many countries around the world. The occasion gives an opportunity to express love and affection to all fathers and fatherly figures. The day helps in strengthening the father-child relationship all the more. Just like a mother is regarded as the sole nurturer of a child, the father helps in the development and emotional well-being of the child. A father plays the role of a guide, supporter, motivator and protector in any child’s life.
Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father. Regardless of when the first true Father’s Day occurred, the strongest promoter of the holiday was Mrs. Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Dodd felt that she had an outstanding father.
Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.
Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.
Although it was originally largely a religious holiday, Father’s Day has been commercialized with the sending of greeting cards and the giving of gifts. Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to indicate that one’s father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased. Other males—for example, grandfathers or uncles who have assumed parenting roles—are often also honored on the day.
And this part was ripped straight off of the LakeElsinor-Wildomar Patch:
1. Father’s Day was introduced by Sonora Dodd in Spokane, Washington. She wanted to honor her widowed father William Smart who took care of his six children during the Civil War. Since Sonora Dodd was the girl who first started the tradition of Father’s Day in this country, she had campaigned for her Father’s birthday — June 19 — to be declared Father’s Day.
2. More than 110 million greeting cards are sent throughout the world for Father’s Day. Fifty percent of the cards are purchased for fathers, 20 percent for husbands, and the remaining for grandfathers and those who serve the Dad Role. (Great news for Hallmark, American Greetings, Jacque Lawson & Current!)
3. The first Father’s Day was announced and celebrated in 1910 in the same city where it originated.
4. The tie is the most traditional and famous Father’s Day gift throughout the world. (I remember buying my dad a Chicago Cubs tie, but he never wore it. He was more of a Black Jack/Vegas guy!)
5. Greeting cards are the No. 1 purchase on Father’s Day, and almost 92 percent of the cards are sold to women. Most of the greeting cards purchased are humorous.
6. Father’s Day is celebrated at different times around the world. In Thailand it falls on Dec. 5; in Australia it’s observed on the first Sunday of September.
7. Father’s Day was first supported by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared the third Sunday of June as the official holiday. It was President Woodrow Wilson who first said, however, in 1916 that Father’s Day should be given the status of a national holiday.
8. Father’s Day is the fourth most popular card-sending holiday in the world after Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
9. Almost half as much is spent on Father’s Day gifts as on Mother’s Day. Does this mean that we moms are more expensive? Or is it because the most popular Father’s Day gift is a simple necktie?
10. Hallmark says that Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-selling occasion in America.
If you’ve got any other interesting Father’s Day facts, figures and trivia, let us know!