Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Jan Harris
Deputy Group Editor
12:00 AM 15th June 2024

Celebrate Fathers This Father's Day

Father's Day in 2024 is this weekend on Sunday 16 June in the UK and also in lots of other countries of the world.

Image by skalekar1992 from Pixabay
Image by skalekar1992 from Pixabay
When do we celebrate Father’s Day?

Traditionally Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, although in some parts of Europe it is celebrated on the 19 March which is St Joseph's Day. Joseph was recognised as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, who was the Son of God.

Unlike Mother’s Day, the UK and USA celebrate Father’s Day on the same day.

Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay
Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay
The History of Father's Day

Celebrating Father's Day originated in the USA in 1966 when it was formally recognised and was a civic celebration to complement Mother's Day, which was very popular.

Apparently President Lyndon B Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers on the third Sunday in June making it known as Father’s Day.

Prior to this time it was only observed as a Catholic tradition, celebrating fatherhood dating back to the Middle Ages.

Father's Day each year is when children express thanks to their fathers or father figures for all their unconditional love and affection that has been shown to them.

Image by Cathy Fongjoya from flickr
Image by Cathy Fongjoya from flickr
Although the festival is very western, it has recently gained a following in India.

What is the difference between a Father and a Dad?

Most people think a father and a dad are the same thing. But a father is the male parent of a child. Every man can be a father but not every father can be a dad. Dads tend to go the extra mile and want to be interested in their child and their growing up.

Image by freestocks-photos from Pixabay
Image by freestocks-photos from Pixabay
Some Father's Day quotes:

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy - Anonymous
Some people don't believe in heroes, but they haven't met my dad - Unknown
To the world, you are a dad. To me, you are the world - Unknown
A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow - Unknown
What you teach your children, you also teach their children – Unknown
A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you – Dimitri the Stoneheart
It is a wise father that knows his own child – William Shakespeare
A father carries pictures where his money used to be – Steve Martin

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Image by Harisankar Sahoo from Pixabay