10 Things You Didn’t Know About Father’s Day
1. Story Behind Father’s Day
Father’s Day was originated by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, an American whose father had raised his six children single-handedly – A tender history of the holiday that most people perhaps don’t know.
2. First Card Ever
Father’s Day cards go farther back than Hallmark. One of the earliest dates go back almost 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian teenager, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
3. Mom’s First
The world only started formally celebrating Father’s Day in 1972, as opposed to Mother’s Day, whose official start date was as far back as 1914.
4. The Origin of “Dad”
While the precise date that the word “dad” came into use is not known, it is approximate that it began around the late 15th century. It is supposed that it was purely derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgement of father.
5. Fathers in Canada
8.6 million — that’s the total number of fathers in Canada (including biological, adoptive and step fathers), according to Stats Canada.
6. It’s always Sunday on Father’s Day
In most countries in the world, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June except in Australia, where they celebrate it on the first Sunday of September.
7. Top Gifted Items for father’s Day
The most common gifts fathers get includes the tie, “World’s Greatest Dad” paraphernalia and cologne. Hammers, wrenches and DIY tools also top the list.
8. Rose is emblem of father’s day
Strangely enough, the rose is the official flower of Father’s Day. A red rose signifies a living father, and a white rose signifies a deceased father.
9. Its about Billion
According to Hallmark USA, Father’s day is the 4th largest card-sending day, with around 94 million cards purchased for dads. Christmas is the largest card-sending day with over a billion cards, followed by Valentine’s Day with over 140 million cards, and Mother’s Day with just over 1.3 billion cards.
10. Leave it to Beaver not to Justin Bieber – Just saying
Canada’s national symbol, the beaver, is one of the few male creatures in the animal kingdom that sticks around after mating to help raise the kids. In rare cases, biologists have even spotted male beavers taking on the role of a single dad.
Sources: thelistlove.com, The Huffington Post, Hallmark.com, housetohome.co.uk, http://www.readersdigest.ca/home-garden/13-things-you-didnt-know/13-things-you-didnt-know-about-fathers-day/