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When is Father's Day 2014 and why do we celebrate it?

Make a fuss of your dad this Father's Day - and find out a little more about what the day is all about

Father's Day

As the summer months approach, it’s not just sun lotion and flip-flops hitting the shelves - it’s once again time to stock up on socks, cuff-links and silk ties ready for Father’s Day.

Get ready to hit the shops as Father's Day is just around the corner.

When is Father’s Day?

This year, the chance to make a fuss of your father falls on Sunday June 15.

Father’s Day is always held on the third Sunday in June and, unlike Mother’s Day, is not linked to any religious occasion.

Around the world it is held on different days, for example, in Australia it falls on the first Sunday in September.

What is Father’s Day?

Sadly, Father’s Day is not a bank holiday (unlike in the United States) although pubs and restaurants are usually booked up with families taking their dad’s out for a large lunch.

A fairly modern celebration, Father’s Day was introduced during the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day.

It was first observed in Washington, in America, on June 19 1910 and is thought to be credited to Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted pay tribute to her own father who raised six children after her mother passed away.

Other sources attribute the celebration of fatherhood to a young Babylonian called Elmesu, who used a clay tablet to wish his father good health and a long life.

Father’s Day today

Today sons and daughters traditionally use Father’s Day to spend time with their fathers or father-figures.

Cards and gifts are exchanged and families often use the day to spend time together.

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