Father’s Day – always celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year – is a great holiday for all fathers. While many people might think that this holiday was created in response to Mother’s Day. But no, this day has a much more fun history and even more interesting Father’s Day facts.
Father’s Day has come a long way 64 years to become an officially recognized holiday. In fact, it took President Nixon’s re-election campaign to get an official proclamation signed in 1972 recognizing the day as a federal holiday. Today, Father’s Day is celebrated with food, gifts, and quality time together.
Believe it or not, there are even more things you may not have known about this fatherhood holiday. So this Father’s Day, call your dad and tell him about these 15 fun Father’s Day facts.
18 Interesting Father’s Day Facts
Gather around the grill with your dad and family. Raise a toast to Father’s Day and tell him these Father’s Day fun facts.
1. Father’s Day was invented by American Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father was a single dad who raised his 6 children. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.
2. Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was originally all about laughter. It was the target of a lot of sarcasm, parody and ridicule when a local newspaper complained it would lead to mindless promotions like ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’.
3. In 1912, Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain in memory of her father, who suffered typhoid after drinking from contaminated public water in 1896.
4. In Thailand, the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s also serves as National Father’s Day. The holiday includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor. The most notable is blood donation and the release of captive animals.
5. Calvin Coolidge was the first US President to support the concept of Father’s Day in 1924. But it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a legal proclamation and designated the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
6. In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated very special, different from other parts of the world. On this day, all men are allowed to join. It is celebrated by getting drunk with wagons of beer and savoring regional dishes. Police and emergency services are on high alert during the day.
7. Father’s Day cards have been around for a long time, going back further than Hallmark. One of the earliest artifacts dates back about 4,000 years ago. Elmesu, a young Babylonian, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
8. According to greeting card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth most popular card-sending holiday in the United States behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. More than 72 million cards were sent this special holiday to say “I love you!”
9. The next one of the list Father’s Day facts is tienecks. Ties are one of the most popular Father’s Day gifts. But did you know that the ties can be dated to 221 BC? When Chin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, and his “terracotta army” were discovered, each replica wore a tie.
Giving a tie is okay, but it can be a little boring. So if you want to get a little more creative with this year’s Father’s Day gifts, consider these best gifts for your Dad.
Personalized New Dad Coffee Mug I Can’t Wait To Meet You$16.95
Dear Dad Of All The Balls From Your Swimming Champion Personalized Mug$16.95
Not From Your Sack Still Got My Back Personalized Stepdad Mug$16.95
Dear Bonus Dad Happy Father’s Day Personalized Mug$16.95
Dog Dad Thanks For Picking Up My Poops Personalized Mug$16.95
Dear Mom Thanks 4 Putting Up With A Spoiled Child Personalized Mug$16.95
10. Many countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June such as the Netherlands, India and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, many Christian countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Italy celebrate fathers on Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19).
11. What is the Father’s Day symbol flower? Traditionally, fathers are usually given a gift of white or red roses to honor a surviving father. Roses are the official flower for this holiday. Wearing a red rose if your father is living, while a white rose represents the deceased father.
12. Do you know the origin of the word “Da”? Although the exact date on which the word “Dad” was used is unknown, it is thought that it began around the late 15th century. It is believed that it simply originated with baby talk. Because you migh know, when babies learn to talk, they will say words like “dada” or “tata”. These words refer to a baby’s acknowledgement of father.
13. One of the interesting Father’s Day Facts is about single fathers. Father’s Day holds a special place for all single dads, a growing demographic. In 2017, there were 2 million households headed by a single dad, a 900% increase from the 1960s.
14. Father’s Day or Fathers’ Day? Surely many people sometimes find themselves confused in the title of this holiday. Isn’t the day dedicated to celebrating all fathers, plural, instead of just an individual? Although Dodd petitioned to write the holiday as “Fathers’ Day,” the United States Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.
15. The official world record for the most children is 69 by the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Moscow. His first wife gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Dinner time must have been very busy!
16. Romania is the only country in the European Union where Father’s Day is officially recognized by the State. The second Sunday in May is a day off from work.
17. Traditionally, in the Netherlands, fathers eat breakfast in bed and take their children to the father’s house for dinner.
18. Fathers are getting older. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average age of first-time fathers in the UK is 33.6. The ONS reports that the age at which a man becomes a dad for the first time has continued to increase over the past ten years. In fact, the average age of first-time fathers in the UK has been no less than 30 since the mid-1970s.
Well, above are some interesting Father’s Day facts that your dad will feel interesting.
How do you plan to celebrate this Father’s Day? If you’re still trying to figure out what to do, consider a home-cooked meal, Father’s Day brunch, and make Father’s Day extra special with these weird and fun Father’s Day facts. Don’t forget meaningful gifts for Dad and sweet messages on this day.