Father's Day (Australia / NZ)

Father's Day Quick Facts - AU

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2020 Date6 September 2020
2021 Date5 September 2021
Father's Day (Australia / NZ)

Father's Day History

Father's Day celebrates the role and dedication of fathers around Australia. The day provides people with an opportunity to express their gratitude and appreciation for all the sacrifices that a father makes in raising and supporting his children and family. A father can be biological, adopted or even symbolic in nature.

Unlike many other countries, Father's Day in Australia is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. Although it is commonly celebrated privately within families, there are many communal events on the day that highlight the importance of fathers in society. The day was first celebrated in the United States after a woman named Sonora Dodds sought to create a holiday for men similar to Mother's Day in 1910. Since then, it has spread to other countries who have also wished to honour fathers and father-figures.

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Father's Day Facts & Quotes

  • There are over 4.6 million fathers in Australia.
  • The traditional Father's Day flower is a rose. Red roses are for living fathers, white ones are usually given to deceased fathers.
  • Father's Day became a more popular holiday during the Second World War as many fathers were away fighting for their countries and it was uncertain if they would return.
  • Every year, Australians spend $1.36 billion dollars on Mother's Day and $660 million for Father's Day.
  • I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. - Sigmund Freud

Father's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Buy your father, grandfather, uncle or important father roses and a present he would enjoy. Common gifts on Father's Day are usually ties, socks, mugs, hats and golfing items.
  • Try to learn the word for father in several other languages. In French the word is "père", in German "vater", in Spanish and Italian "padre" and in Russian "otets".
  • Spread awareness for the day by posting a picture of yourself with your father, husband, grandfather or important male in your life and use hashtags such as #daddy, #papa, #fathersday and #thegreatestfather.
  • Watch a movie that touches on the importance of fathers. Some of our favourites include Finding Nemo (2003), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Like Father, Like Son (1987), My Life (1993) and Paper Moon (1973).
  • Donate to a local organisatoin that supports children without fathers. Some organisations to consider include the Australian Childhood Foundation, Coptic Orphans Australia, the World Orphan Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia.

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