We all know about Father's Day, but when did it start and why do we celebrate it?
A day to honour fathers, fatherhood, and the influence of paternity on society has been around in one form or another since the middle ages.
catholic church supported the custom of a celebration of fatherhood
from around the late 14th or early 15th century, apparently due to a
suggestion from the Franciscans.
In catholic Europe, it was originally celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th), and this tradition was taken to Latin America during the conquest of that continent by the Spanish and Portuguese. Other parts of the world may honour their fathers during March, April and June. However, the US tradition of celebrating the day on the third Sunday of June has since superseded this in many countries, where it may even be treated as a holiday.
In the UK, Father's Day is also celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but it hasn’t been around for that long compared to some other parts of the world. A rather vague reference to it states that Father's Day entered British popular culture sometime after the Second World War, probably due to US influences.
It wasn’t until the early 20th century when Father’s Day started to become commercialised, with the Americans taking the lead in pushing this day as a time to celebrate fatherhood with not only religious service, but also in the giving of gifts. This as we know, has now developed into a multi-million pound industry where cards, gifts and days out are paid for by sons & daughter’s around the world.
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