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8th June 2019 - Father's Day

Thoughtful ways to celebrate Father’s Day 

 

Father’s Day is coming up on the 16th June – a time to celebrate your dad, your uncle, your grandad, anyone who makes your life special. 

 

The special day likely come from the Middle Ages in Europe. Catholics celebrated on 19 March because it was the feast day of St Joseph. Spanish and Portuguese travelled to South America and brought Father’s Day with them.   

 

It wasn’t until the 1900's that Father’s Day was celebrated in America. As Mother’s Day became a popular holiday, they decided that Father’s Day should be too. It was in 1966 that US President Johnson declared the third Sunday in June should be Father’s Day and President Nixon made it law six years later. In the UK, we have adopted these traditions and use the same date. 

 

So how can you make the day even more special? As a present, you could consider donating to a charity in their name. Bringing together all of your memories in a little scrapbook or photo album can also be a nice way to spend some time reflecting on good times. Baking him his favourite cake or cooking him his favourite meal are both lovely ways to show your appreciation. You can put a lot of effort into a homemade Father’s Day card, too. 

 

Some fun facts about Father’s Day: 

  • Ties are the most popular gift for dads. 

  • The rose is the official flower of Father’s Day. 

  • While China now celebrate Father’s Day on the same day as us, they didn’t used to. It was celebrated on 8 August as the number 8 is ‘ba’. As it was on the eighth day of the eighth month, it was ‘ba-ba’...which sounds like papa! 

  • Thailand’s Father’s Day is on the same day as their king’s birthday – as the current king’s birthday is on 5 December, that’s when they celebrate Father’s Day. 

 

We will also be selling great gifts for your loved ones during our Father’s Day stall on 13th June. For more information, please click here.

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