“Any man can be a father, it takes someone special to be a Dad.” – Anne Geddes
Bad jeans, worse jokes and far too many 'NOW! That's What I Call Dad Rock!' albums; Father's Day truly is a celebration of all things cringeworthy yet equally loveable from a certain male figure in the household! It is reported to be the 4th largest card-sending occasion worldwide and celebrated in some form or another by approximately three-quarters of the entire world's population!
Whilst many see days like Father's Day as 'Hallmark holidays', a day celebrating the male household figurehead has origins as far back as the Medieval age. European Catholics of the day dedicated a day in celebration of fathers, fatherhood and general paternal relationships, though the idea of an 'official' Father's Day stems from post-civil war America, where Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of a veteran raised by a single father, declared that America should celebrate them in the same way that mothers were. Following the first official celebration on June 19th 1910, a vast number of nations (including the U.S; who officially declared permanent recognition of the celebration in 1972) across the globe adopted the third Sunday each June to be Father's Day; though not every country adopted this exact date, and thus the celebration differs in different nations (such as Spain's taking place on 19th March each year).
Regardless of the differing dates in various regions, Father's Day remains an important day in the calendar for families across the globe, even if they are notoriously difficult to buy presents for in comparison to other family members! So make sure you too take part in the festivities this year!