Fathers, dads, papas and padres up and down the UK will be eagerly anticipating the annual celebration dedicated solely to them. Whether you’re with your dad right now separated from him in lockdown, Father’s Day is a great chance to show him what he means to you. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Father’s Day – including this year’s date.
When is Father’s Day?
This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
In the UK, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year – manning the date changes annually.
Many of us will have celebrated Father’s Day every year throughout our lives, but the date doesn’t actually have a long history.
According to The English Year (2006), the date entered British popular culture “sometime after the Second World War”.
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The date of Father’s Day actually differs depending on where in the world you are celebrating, however.
In Brazil, Father’s Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) is celebrated three months after Mother’s Day, on the second Sunday of August.
In Mozambique and the Seychelles, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 16.
In South Sudan, Father’s Day – which was first celebrated in 2012 – is celebrated on the last Monday of August.
While in the People’s Republic of China, there is no official Father’s Day.
Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?
The first celebrations in recognition of father took place in the USA.
And in fact, the date can be credited to two women who wanted to honour their fathers.
In 1908, Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, encouraged her pastor to hold a service dedicated to fathers following the 1907 Monongah Mining Disaster, with killed 361 men, of which 250 had children.
The service was held at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South on July 5, 1908 – the closest date to her own father’s birthday.
However, the woman credited as being the real driving force behind Father’s Day was Sonora Smart Dodd.
Dodd was one of six children, and her mother died when she was just 16 – leaving her Civil War veteran father a single parent.
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After listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she decided fathers deserved equal recognition – as her own had proved to be a huge inspiration to her.
She launched a campaign to have the day officially recognised and the first ‘Father’s Day’ was held at a YMCA in Spokane on June 19, 1910.
Her campaign quickly caught on a number of states across the US soon marked the celebration.
Then in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers to make the third Sunday in June Father’s Day.
Then six years later President Richard Nixon signed the date into law.
Dodd’s message spread to other countries across the globe and Britain began celebrating Father’s Day after World War II. And that’s how we got Father’s Day.
What can you buy your dad for Father’s Day?
This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you appreciate him with a gift he actually wants.
Check out the Beer Hawk Curry & Craft Beer Gift Set complete with 4 beers, pint glass and a curry spice mix – £20
Or buy a six, 12, 24 or 48 week gift subscription to BeerBods so your beer loving can get the best beers from small, independent breweries around the world, straight to their door – £20 for 6 weeks
If Dad likes a sherried whisky, then Darkness 8-year-old single malt is the one for him – on offer at £39.95, reduced from £49.95.
Or try the Aerolite Lyndsay – a 10-year-old single malt peated whisky, reduced to £34.95 from £44.95.
Or head to GiftsOnline4U, where the personalised gift retailer is offering customers 15% off products sitewide with the code FD202015.
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