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A History Of Father’s Day

Posted on Blog, Holidays and Events June 19, 2016

Father’s Day began on July 19th 1910 when a US state of Washington governor announced it. But Father’s Day was only accepted across the nation when President Woodrow Wilson made it official in 1972. The day is meant to celebrate the parental bond, the role that father’s play in society and fatherhood. The majority of countries across the world celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday of June.

When Father’s Day originated in 1910 it was first celebrated as an event at the YMCA in Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her motivations behind the event were to celebrate the efforts of her father, William Jackson Smart, who was the single parent of 6 children and a Civil War veteran.

Here are a few interesting facts about Father’s Day you should know about:

  • Up to 20% of Father’s Day cards are bought by the wife
  • Around 2 million fathers in the US are single
  • Data shows that there are 70.1 million fathers and about a third have kids who are under the age of 18.
  • Over 200 thousands of fathers are stay at home dads
  • In Germany it is the norm for fathers to drink beer in a beer garden throughout the day


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