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Father's Day

Father Figures ~ History of U.S. Holiday
 International Men's Day

A day honoring fathers, Father's Day is the paternal equivalent of Mother's Day. It is celebrated on various days and in many places around the world.

In the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Turkey and France, Fathers' Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June. In Australia and New Zealand, Father's Day occurs the first Sunday in September.

Other Father's Day (or similar) holidays are held on the following dates in the countries listed:

  • February 23: Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day)
  •  March 19: Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Andorra (Dia del Pare), Portugal (Dia do Pai), Spain (Dia del Padre, Dia del Pare, Dia do Pai), Macao (Dia do Pai)
  • May 5: Romania (Ziua Barbatului)
  • May 8: South Korea (Parents' Day)
  • Ascension Day: Germany
  •  1st Sunday in June: Lithuania 
  • June 5: Denmark (Constitution Day)    
  • 2nd Sunday in June: Austria, Belgium
  • June 17: El Salvador, Guatemala
  • June 21: Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Uganda, United Arab Emirates
  • June 23: Poland
  • June 30: Nicaragua
  • Last Sunday in June: Haiti
  • 2nd Sunday in July: Uruguay
  • Last Sunday in July: Dominican Republic
  • Cuica2nd Sunday in August; Brazil
  • August 8: Taiwan
  • 2nd Sunday in September: Latvia
  • New Moon in September: Nepal (Bhadra on the Lunar Calendar)
  • 1st Sunday in October: Luxembourg
  • 2nd Sunday in November: Estonia (isadepäev), Finland, Norway, Sweden (Fars dag), Iceland (Feðradagurinn)
  • December 5: Thailand. 
  • December 26: Bulgaria 
International Men's Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, United States, Singapore, United Kingdom and Malta on November 19.

Ascent of Man

However old I age or whatever career goals I pursue, it seems, I still remain a little boy watching for Daddy to come home.

My father was a working man of the 1960s, responsible for the gross household income, and for him that meant days and weeks on the road selling heating and air conditioning equipment. His father and his father's father were raised on family farms and orchards where the day's work ended at a communal dinner table. He was the first father in his line to take his dinners alone at motel restaurants in far-off cities while his family ate at home before his empty chair.

No one told us this was unusual. No one warned us how we would miss him then, and for years and years to come.

Mom was essential to my physical well-being, fixing meals and attending wounds, but Dad's attention had a direct line to my soul. Mom's praise and encouragement were important, but Dad's approval was a gift of grace...

- continued in Rural Delivery

History of U.S. Holiday

The first observance of a Father's Day in the U.S. may have been held
in a church located in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908. A service honoring fathers was conducted by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Central United Methodist Church of Fairmont.

The concept of a national Father's Day holiday in the U.S. is generally credited to
Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a Civil War veteran who raised six children on his own. She was inspired by a a Mother's Day sermon at the Episcopal church she attended and
arranged a special tribute for her father in June 19, 1910. Then she began campaigning for an official Father's Day observance to honor all fathers.

In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.

A bill establishing a national Father's Day was introduced in Congress as early as 1913 and the idea was supported by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, but it was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

Father Figures

70.1 million
Estimated number of fathers across the U.S..
Source: Unpublished data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

24.7 million
Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2011
  • 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  • 3 percent lived in someone else's home.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements Table FG1

1.7 million
Number of single fathers in 2011.
  • 15 percent of single parents were men.
  • Ten percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • About 45 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.
  • 38 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements  Tables FG5 and FG6.

The number of men's clothing stores in the U.S. (as of 2009).

Source: County Business Patterns  code 44811

The number of hardware stores (as of 2009). Additionally, there were 6,897 home centers across the U.S. in 2009.

Source: County Business Patterns

Number of sporting goods stores in 2009.
Source: County Business Patterns code 451110

79.1 million
The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. 

Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012

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