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Father's Day is a special occasion dedicated to celebrating and honouring fathers and fatherly figures for their contribution to their children's lives. It provides an opportunity for family members to express gratitude and appreciation for the love, support, and guidance that fathers offer. The day highlights the crucial role that fathers play in their children's lives and the positive impact they leave on society as a whole.
The observance of Father's Day has its roots in the United States in the early 20th century. It was initiated by Sonora Smart Dodd, who admired her father's commitment to raising six children as a single parent. Although Father's Day arrived in Australia somewhat later, it quickly gained popularity and significance among the population. Today, Australians celebrate this special occasion to recognise the sacrifices, hard work, and dedication of fathers and father figures in their lives, creating stronger familial bonds and promoting the crucial role of men within families.
Within Australia, Father's Day typically involves family gatherings, meals, and the exchange of gifts, cards, and heartfelt messages. Australians tend to spoil their fathers with thoughtful presents, ranging from sentimental personalised items to exciting experiences they can share together. Father's Day celebrations in Australia are a unique opportunity for people to spend quality time with their fathers and create lasting memories. The tradition of celebrating Father's Day in Australia takes place on the first Sunday of September each year, distinguishing it from other countries that celebrate it in June.
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UK & US Fathers Day references and related sitesThe Library of Congress: Honor Your Father US Census: Facts for Features, Father's Day www.census.gov: Census Living Arrangements 2022