Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s time for us to prepare meaningful gifts and cards with heartfelt messages inside. Father’s Day comes once each year, but do you know what is the true meaning of Father’s Day and Father’s Day facts? Here are 15 fascinating Father’s Day facts that might surprise you :
Fascinating Father’s Day Facts
Father’s Day Fact #1
The first Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908, when a West Virginia church organized the nation’s first event explicitly to honor fathers. During a Sunday sermon, 362 men who had died in explosions in the precious December at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah were honored in a one-time commemoration.
One year later, Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington came up with the idea of Father’s Day. She wanted to honor her father, a veteran of the Civil War and widower who had raised six children. The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910.
Father’s Day Fact #2
The first American president to promote the idea of Father’s Day was President Calvin Coolidge, who did so in 1924. US President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation in 1966 declaring that the third Sunday of June should be chosen Father’s Day while President Richard Nixon signed a law to permit for permanent recognition of Father’s Day in 1972.
Father’s Day Fact #3
Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was initially met with laughter. It was the target of much satire, parody, and derision when a local newspaper complained that it would cause mindless promotions such as ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’.
Father’s Day Fact #4
In Thailand, Father’s Day is also the king’s birthday, which falls on December 5. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor- the clearest being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.
Father’s Day Fact #5
Greeting card makers Hallmark said that Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending holiday behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day but just ahead of Easter. Over 72 million Father’s Day cards are sent out on this special holiday.
50 percent of all Father’s Day cards are bought for dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are bought for husbands. Other categories comprise grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and someone special.
Father’s Day Fact #6
Father’s Day in Germany is honored differently from other parts of the world. Instead of breakfast in bed, Männertag (Men’s day) is observed by getting drunks with wagons of beer and enjoying regional food. Police and emergency services are always on high alert during the day.
Father’s Day Fact #7
Want to give dads a floral gift? It is traditional to gift fathers white or red roses. The official flower for Father’s Day is the rose. A red rose represents a living father, while a white rose represents a deceased father.
Father’s Day Fact #8
Though there is no evidence of its origin, it is considered that the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century. It is thought to come from baby talk, since in many languages “dada” or “tata” indicates a baby’s acknowledgment of father.
Father’s Day Fact #9
According to a 2010 poll, 80 percent of Canadian fathers simply wanted “quality time with their families” on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day Fact #10
Neckties are a leading gift on Father’s Day. A great place to buy a tie or a shirt for fathers might be one of 8,111 men’s clothing stores across the country.
Father’s Day Fact #11
Father’s Day cards go farther back compared to Hallmark. One of the earliest dates back approximately 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian boy, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
Father’s Day Fact #12
Father’s Day accounts for a special place in the heart of single dads, a demographic that is rising. In 2017, there were 2 million households led by a single father, a 900 percent rise compared to the 1960s.
Father’s Day Fact #13
A necktie is one of the ultimate and leading gifts for Father’s Day. But did you know that neckties could date as far back as 221 B.C.? When Chin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, and his “terracotta army” were found, each replica was wearing a tie
Do you like these fun Father’s Day facts? Father’s Day this year, why not call up your pops and tell him all about these facts? If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comment below.