Father’s Day traditionally falls on the third Sunday in June and this year it’s 18 June. Many of us will be giving or receiving gifts but does the day itself have any real historical significance or is it just another commercial money making exercise?

This history books suggest that Father’s Day is a fairly recent concept, that all started at the beginning of the 20th century in Fairmont, West Virginia. A pastor named Robert Webb was asked by Grace Golden Clayton to honour the men killed in a local mining disaster, most of which were fathers.

However Father’s Day did not take off straight away and after several attempts to get it officially recognised, it was not until 1972 that it become an accepted part of the calendar.

Is it celebrated worldwide?

Father’s Day in a number of counties is celebrated on the third Sunday in June as it is in the UK but that is not the case in all areas. In Italy (Festa del Papa), Spain (Día del Padre) and Portugal (Dia do Pai) Father’s Day is celebrated on 19 March. In Russia (День защитника Отечества) it falls on 18 February. While for those in Australia and New Zealand it’s on 3 September.

Father’s Day traditions

Following Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day in the calendar, Father’s Day also celebrates a loved one. This tends to revolve around spending time together as a family to show that Dads are just as appreciated as Mums. Having said that, traditionally gifts for Father’s Day are not as quite extravagant as some of those we give and receive on Mother’s Day, with typical examples including a tie, some socks, various gardening paraphernalia or perhaps a bottle of wine.

Gift ideas

On the lookout for a gift that’s a little different from the norm this year? Be it to give as a gift or as a subtle hint as to what you would like to receive as a father, we have a whole host of courses that are perfect Father’s Day gifts.

Our Gardening courses are ideal for those with green fingers, while our wine tasting courses are great way to tickle those taste buds. Creative souls amongst us will love our Art courses and those with the gift of the gab will appreciate our wide ranging Language offering. Choose from French, Italian, German, Spanish and more.

Take a look at our full range of courses and view full details of all courses here.

Still looking for inspiration or can’t make up your mind? Our Kent Adult Education Gift Vouchers are ideal gifts. Find out more.

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