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10 Fascinating Facts About Father's Day

Here is everything you need to know about Father’s Day which is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June.

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According to Hallmark

Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.

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Research Shows

Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are given to husbands.

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A Study at the University of North Carolina

Found that in terms of genetic makeup, mammals are more like their fathers than their mothers. Even though we get the same amount of genetic mutations from our parents, we actually use more of the DNA we get from our dads. Knowing this information can help in the study of diseases. For example, the severity of a disease can be different if passed down from the mother or the father.

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Father's Day

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.

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Founding of Father's Day

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day. She wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children on his own.

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Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day

Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Though Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be written as “Fathers’ Day,” the U.S. Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.

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The First Father’s Day Card

One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”

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Roses for Dad

And you thought only mom deserves flowers on her special day! Father’s Day’s official flower is the rose. A red rose is worn in your lapel on Father’s Day if your father is living, and a white rose is worn if he has passed away.

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The Origin of “Dad”

While the exact date that the word dad came into use is unknown, it is estimated that it began around the late fifteenth century. It is believed that it was simply derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgment of their father.

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Conclusion

The best way we think to celebrate your Dad this year is to donate to School on Wheels in his honor!

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