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Father's Day 2013

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Published: 14 Jun 2013      

So what is Father’s day and what really happens? We all picture the idyllic scene of father’s waking up to smiling families cards and presents, but when is it and what is it really all about?

Father's Day is held on the third Sunday of June in theUK.  This is a day were we say thank you to our father’s, grandfather’s, and the men who have been a father figure in our lives. A day when younger children make their dad breakfast or should I say something that resembles it.

On Father's Day, many people make a special effort to visit their father. They often take or send cards and gifts. The most common Father's Day gifts are ties, socks, underwear, sweaters, slippers and other items of clothing. Others give tools for household maintenance or garden work, luxury food items or drinks.

Many Father's Day gifts have slogans such as "The World's Best Dad", "For My Father" or just a simple "Dad" on them. The increase in print-on-demand services offered by photo processing companies has made personalised gifts even more popular for Father's Day. Photographs of children can be printed on desk calendars, mugs, T-shirts, mouse mats, bags and even ties. Many fathers are expected to take these to the office to remind them of their families while they are working.

In the days and weeks before Father's Day, many schools, Sunday schools and children's organisations help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or gift for their father. Mothers and other family members may help children to make personalised gifts, such as calendars with drawings made by the children.

Some families celebrate Father's Day by planning an outing or weekend trip, perhaps just for the male members of the family. This may be a simple walk in the countryside or a whole planned "experience". Popular Father's Day experiences include driving a rally car, tank or even airplane or taking a golf, football or cricket lesson with a celebrity coach. Other families organise a special meal at home or in a pub or restaurant. A common Father's Day meal is a traditional roast dinner with meat, stuffing, potatoes and vegetables, which can be eaten in a pub and accompanied by pints of ale or larger.

Father's Day is not a bank holiday. In terms of public life, it is a normal Sunday. Public transport systems run to their normal timetables. Pubs and restaurants may be busy, as people take their fathers out for a meal to celebrate.

There are some suggestions that the idea of Father's Day may originate in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the sun as the father of the universe. Since the summer solstice occurs around the same time of year as Father's Day, some people see a link between the two.

The idea of a special day to honour father’s and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from theUnited States. There, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations to plan a day to honour father’s. Father's Day has been celebrated in June since 1910 in theUSA. The celebrations in theUnited Kingdomare thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father's Day. This is in contrast to Mother's Day, which has a very different history in theUnited Statesand theUnited Kingdom.

So that’s a general description of Fathers Day, what does this day mean to you?

We hope all the father’s, grand father’s and not forgetting step father’s and male roll models  a happy Father’s day. May your gifts be nice and your celebration food and drink be plentiful.