Father’s Day is an international celebration, observed throughout many countries of the world. It is exactly as the name suggests: a day for sons and daughters to honour their fathers, or any father figure in fact. This is the one day of the year where it’s all about dad and children everywhere have to recognise this, putting aside their dislike for unfunny jokes and a less-than-impressive fashion sense.

Father’s Day is an annual event, falling on the 3rd Sunday of June. That means that this year’s Father’s Day (UK) will be held on the 15th June 2014. Continue reading this post to find out more about this special day, how it all started and ideas on how you can enjoy Father’s Day.

How it got started

It all started with an American girl from Spokane, Washington called Sonora Dodd. Sonora had heard a sermon being read for Mother’s Day 1909 at her church and this prompted her to think, ‘Why don’t fathers have a day dedicated to them?’ At the age of 27, Sonora decided to campaign for a day dedicated to fathers.

Sonora Dodd
Sonora Dodd

Sonora was raised by her father who was a Civil War veteran; he also raised her five younger brothers since Ellen, his wife, had died giving birth in 1898.

After much campaigning, often being met with rejection, Sonora convinced the Spokane Ministerial Association to allocate a day in June to observe the work fathers do. A West Virginia church sponsored the United States’ first recognition of fathers and their fatherhoods, with sermons being read out. So on June 19 1910, Sonora began to deliver presents to all of the fathers in her town and thus Father’s Day was born. Although it is not a recognised holiday here in the UK like it is in the US, it is still held on a Sunday which means fathers are more likely to be off work.

What can I do for my father?

Of course, the answer to this question will differ for everyone who asks it. The best present to give will certainly be the most thoughtful one, however this day, as I’m sure Sonora Dodd would agree, is not all about spending money. Granted, money will help you a lot, but you can always take part in plenty of activities which are free, should you be low on funds.  Have a think about what your dad likes to do and then you will have a better idea for a personalised gift.

For those not wanting to spend a lot, there are several things you could do;

  • Take your father out for a picnic
  • Go for a walk somewhere scenic
  • Cook dinner
  • Hold a get together
  • Have a day out (dad’s choice!)

If money is no object, then there are a whole range of generic gift ideas listed below;

  • Aftershave and toiletries – this is always a safe choice
  • Clothing
  • A CD or concert tickets
  • A DVD or tickets to see a show
  • A family meal out
  • An iPod or MP3 player
  • Chocolates and confectionary
  • Furniture

However, as previously stated, the best gifts are those that are personalised and mean something specific to your own father. Whatever you do this Father’s Day, make sure you show your dad your appreciation!


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