UK & US Fathers Day

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2024 Date16 June 2024
2025 Date15 June 2025

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Father's Day History

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.

UK & US Fathers Day facts

  • Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd first came up with the idea for Father's Day after hearing a Mother's Day sermon in church. She was raised by her father and wanted to honor him.
  • According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 72 million cards given every year.
  • The official flower for Father's Day is a rose. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white rose represents a father who has passed away.
  • According to the ABS, around 76% of Australian fathers with children aged 0-14 are employed on a full-time basis, compared to 60% of mothers.
  • Approximately 1 in 6 families (17%) in Australia are single-parent families, the majority of which are headed by mothers (82%).

Top things to do in Australia for UK & US Fathers Day

  • Arrange a BBQ and invite all of the fathers in your family.
  • Spend the day with Dad doing one of his favorite activities: fishing, golfing, hiking.
  • For those seeking a more low-key Father's Day outing, exploring an art gallery, museum, or cultural centre can be a great way to connect and learn something new together.
  • A popular way to celebrate Father's Day in Australia is by having a BBQ or picnic outdoors, enjoying the sun and nature with family and friends.

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