Father's Day - Facts About Fathers, Worldwide Observances and Gift Ideas

Father's Day - Facts About Fathers, Worldwide Observances and Gift Ideas
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Beth_Christopher]Beth Christopher

About 4,000 years ago a young boy named Elmusu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life by carving a Father's Day message on a card made out of clay. No one knows what happened to Elmusu or his father, but the tradition of having a special day honoring fathers has continued through the years in countries across the world.

The idea of Father's Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children by himself on a rural farm.

Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia is believed to have conducted the first Father's Day service in 1908 at the Central Church of Fairmont.

President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day with a presidential proclamation in 1966, but the holiday was not really made permanent until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a presidential resolution that made the third Sunday in June officially Father's Day in the United States.

Facts about Fathers

There is an estimated 64.3 million fathers in the US. US Census: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

The number of single fathers is 2.3 million, up from 393,000 in 1970. Currently, among single parents living with their children, 18 percent are men. US Census

Stay-at-home dads number an estimated 140,00 in 2008. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 234,000 children. Among these stay-at-home dads, 54 percent had two or more children US Census: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

The world's youngest father is a 6 yr old from China.

Les Colley (92 yrs 10 months) was the world's oldest dad.

Among 11.3 million preschoolers in the US whose mothers are employed, 25% are regularly cared for by their father during their mother's working hours. This amounted to 2.9 million children. US Census: Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005

In 2008 there were 1.8 million single fathers in the US. Currently, among single parents living with their children, 16 percent are men - eight percent were raising three or more children younger than 18, while about 51 percent were divorced, 25 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated and 5 percent were widowed. US Census: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2008

53% of children younger than 6 ate breakfast and 71% ate dinner with their father every day in 2006. The corresponding percentages who ate with their mother were 58 percent and 80 percent. (The percentages of children who ate breakfast with their mother or father, respectively, were not significantly different from each another.) US Census: A Child's Day: 2006

36% of children younger than 6 had 15 or more outings with their father in the last month, as of 2006. Children ages 3 to 5 were read to by their fathers an average of 6 times in the past week, as of 2006. US Census: A Child's Day: 2006

50 percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father's Day cards are purchased for husbands. Other categories include grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and someone special.

While Mother's Day was the biggest holiday for phone calls in 2006, Father's Day was the busiest for COLLECT calls. (The overall busiest day of the year in 2006 for phone calls was the Monday after Thanksgiving. However, since cell phone usage is increasing, the "collect" calls are expected to decline.

Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending holiday in the United States, with 110 million cards exchanged annually.

Worldwide Father's Day observances in order of calendar date.

March 14 (24 Esfand) - Iran

March 19 - Belgium (St Joseph 's day), Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Spain

May 8 - South Korea (Parents' Day)

Ascension Day - Germany (Herrentag; drinking day, no celebration of Fatherhood)

First Sunday of June - Lithuania

June 5 (Constitution Day) - Denmark

Second Sunday of June - Austria, Ecuador, Belgium (secular celebration)

June 17 - El Salvador, Guatemala

Third Sunday of June - Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

June 23 - Nicaragua, Poland, Uganda

July 30 - Vietnam

Second Sunday of July - Uruguay

Last Sunday of July - Dominican Republic

Second Sunday of August - Brazil

August 8 - Taiwan

First Sunday of September - Australia, New Zealand

New Moon of September (Bhadra as per Lunar Calendar) September 11 - Nepal

First Sunday of October - Luxembourg

Second Sunday of November - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden

December 5 - Thailand

As "nontraditional" family structures become more common, any nurturing man - a "big brother", a brother-in-law, an uncle, a neighbor or perhaps another special man who is "like a father" is likely to be honored on Father's Day.

Nine out of 10 Americans say they look forward to receiving personal letters and greeting cards because cards allow them to keep in touch with friends and family and make them feel they are important to someone else.

Although e-mail, text messaging and phone calls are valued by Americans for helping them communicate with family and friends, the majority of Americans say they prefer the old-fashioned handwritten card or letter to make someone feel truly special.

No matter what day you celebrate, the point is to make Father's Day special for the man you are honoring. There are lots of gifts out there, but if you really want to make someone feel special, reconnect them to past memories and feelings through personal photos. And how do you do that? Easy! Check out [http://mimismemos.com/mimecuor.html]Mimi's Memos Personalized For You, they can be personalized for anyone - father, brother, uncle, etc. Make this a truly special Father's Day for someone you cherish and respect!

For more gift ideas visit http://mimismemos.com

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John 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."


BlackBerry said...

Wow, you posted a really comprehensive report on Father's day. Gave u :) 4 that.

Jessie said...

BlackBerry thanks, I post it now because it started already last March. At least we have an idea of what we are celebrating for.

The Pope said...

Wow, salamat sa maagang pagpapaalala sa kaarawan naming mga Tatay... at salamat sa iyong masusing pananaliksik upang maihatid ang detalyadong kaalaman ukol sa pagdiriwang ng Father's Day.

Very informative.

Life is Beautiful.

Mokong™ said...

Ang aga naman nito tol..di bali ng maagap wag lang mahuli...
Kumpleto sa trivia tol...nice post about honoring our fathers..Advance happy father's day sa mga tatay natin...

Jesus said...

Pope - tulad ng mother's day ayaw ko ma miss. sa takdang petsa na kita babatiin bro!

Mokong - Dapat next week ko pa ipopost ito. nakita ko na iba't-iba pala ang petsa ng events na nito. for some natapos na but mostly sa June 17 pa.

Thanks mga bro. havee a nice day!

Sardonyx said...

Advance happy father's day hehehe, thanks for sharing this informative post regarding the history of father's day and I just learned lang na different countries pala ay celebrating different dates I thought it's only one day, which is the third Sunday of June.

Jessie said...

to Sardonyx - salamat po. para hindi ma miss yung ng taga ibang bansa ang date ng kanilang celebration kaya na post na ng maaga. have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Jessie - Glad you thought my article was worth posting on your blog. Am very glad you cited me for having written it. Have gotten a couple of hits from it, Thanks. Beth Christopher

Life Moto said...

Thank beth it is a well presented article. Thanks for dropping by. have a nice day!


Love, love, love your ideas and links!! Most of these little gifts can be modified for the holidays too with the substitution of red and green for the ribbons and other trimmings.

Thanks for sharing!


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