June 17, 2011

Fruity-Fact Friday Father's Day Facts

Facts about Fathers Day.  Since it's coming up we thought it would be interesting to see what we could dig up about this holiday that is celebrated every third Sunday in June.

  • Unlike Mother's Day, which has been celebrated since American Anna Jarvis campaigned to make it a national holiday back in 1914, Father's Day only became an official national holiday in the seventies, despite many attempts to gain the holiday recognition.
  •  The first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910. Years later, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday of June would be Father's Day, and finally, in 1972, Richard Nixon made the holiday a permanent fixture in the calendar. 
  •  Men in the north and east of Germany celebrate their Father's Day, or Vatertag, by setting out on hiking tours in the hills, pulling small wagons filled with wine, beer and traditional food. Many men use the occasion as a chance to get drunk.
  •  The most common Father's Day present is a tie. Other popular presents include tools, socks, and golf clubs. Maybe you should surprise your own father with your own German-inspired hiking trip in the Pennines! 
  • (facts found here)

Alright how many of you got your #1 Dad a Tie for Father's day? 
Or what other exciting gifts did you give that Daddio of yours?

Hope everyone has a FABULOUS and Happy Father's Day Weekend!

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