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Father's Day

 
Sunday June 20th is Father’s Day. We had Mother’s Day in March, so it would seem fair that there is a day to celebrate fathers… but the tradition does not have the same sort of history.

The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was of course introduced from the United States. There, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations to plan a day to honour fathers. Father's Day has been celebrated in June since 1910 in the USA. The celebrations in the United Kingdom almost certainly follow on the American custom of Father's Day. This is in contrast to Mother's Day, which has a very different history in the United States and the United Kingdom.

In Germany, Father's Day is celebrated on the same date as Ascension Day. Across Scandinavia, the tradition of a Father's Day was adopted in the 1930s. Originally the American date was used, but in 1949 the Nordic countries decided to move it to the second Sunday in November. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph's Day since the Middle Ages.

Father's Day 2021 is not a federal holiday [in the USA] and falls on the third Sunday of June. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Sunday.
 
 

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