Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and granddads reading!

Father’s Day is widely celebrated and held on the third Sunday of June every year in the UK, but it isn’t as historic as you might think! The event is thought to have started sometime after World War II – likely as a way of honouring the fathers who had fought.

Despite around half of countries (91 out of the 195!) celebrating the event on the same day as the UK, the date of Father’s Day in other countries varies from 23rd February in Russia and Belarus through to 26th December in Bulgaria. The inception of Father’s Day is credited to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington – daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. After attending a sermon about Mother’s Day, Dodd felt fatherhood deserved the same dedicated day. Upon approaching the Spokane Ministerial Alliance about this, they selected the third Sunday in June to be Father’s Day and this was first observed in 1910.

Sonora Smart Dodd