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Fun Facts about Father’s Day

Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, is a worldwide celebration of dads. Many countries will be celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June including the US and UK. Australia however celebrates the occasion on the first Sunday in September.

Here are a few more interesting facts…

  • Father’s Day was invented by American Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd who wanted to honour her father, with the first celebration on June 19th 1910.
  • Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card sending holiday in the US, with almost 100 million Father’s Day cards sent annually.
  • In the UK 7 million Father’s Day cards are sent each year, compared to 13 million Mother’s Day cards.
  • Traditionally fathers should be given white or red roses as a gift. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day and wearing a red rose signifies a living father, whilst a white one represents a deceased father.
  • The average dad in Britain spends four hours a week as a taxi driver!
  •  The word ‘Dad’ was first recorded in English in the 1500’s but it’s ancestry isn’t clear. It’s likely that ‘da’ originated as baby babble and entered adult vocabulary from there!

Whatever you might be doing this coming weekend, have fun and record those precious memories with your Dad. Recording current events in your family is just as important as recording things that have happened in the past.

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