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Cheers Dad

This Sunday is Father’s day and an opportunity for us all to celebrate our own dads and dads generally, and what a best way to celebrate than with amazing Fathers Day Gifts.

The origins of the day are unclear.  There are suggestions that it was celebrated by some as far back as the middle ages but it didn’t garner general popularity until the 20th century.

Whilst we celebrate fathers on the third Sunday of June, as do America and a number of other countries, it is not celebrated on that day worldwide and there are some disparities between the customs and traditions of different countries.

This blog, rather than considering the legal and inevitably serious issues facing fathers, is intended to be more light-hearted in tone in keeping with the celebratory nature of the day.  What follows are some of the more interesting facts about this day which can be shared with fathers, mothers, children and other friends and family alike.

Father’s day facts


  • In Bulgaria Father’s day is celebrated by many twice per year- double the presents!


  • In Uruguay families honour their father by hanging a skeleton outside their home.


  • It has been reported that we spend less on Father’s day than Mother’s day and are less likely to buy Father’s day cards than Mother’s day cards BUT there are figures to suggest we spend more on wine and spirits for Father’s day than Mother’s day so it’s not all bad news for dad!


  • China historically celebrated Father’s day on 8th August. This was because the eighth (ba) day of the eighth (ba) month makes two “eights” (ba-ba), which sounds similar to the colloquial word for “daddy”. It is still celebrated on this date in areas still under the control of the Republic of China, including in Taiwan.


  • Many people feel that the placement of the apostrophe in Father’s Day is grammatically incorrect. It seems we may have the Americans to blame for this as this was the original spelling used in 1913 when a bill was introduced to Congress as a first attempt to establish the holiday.  There are arguments though that the reason that it is spelt in this way on greetings cards is to personalise the holiday to each individual father.


  • In Germany, it is tradition on Father’s day (celebrated on Ascension Day) for groups of males to do a hiking tour with wagons containing wine or beer and many men use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk. According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day, so having an auto accident lawyer philadelphia could be really useful for this.


Happy Father’s day!

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