Father’s Day in the United Kingdom
Father's Day in the UK is celebrated in a similar way to how it is celebrated in the USA. In the UK,
Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and therefore the date of the occasion is never fixed.
People celebrate Father’s Day by honoring their father and presenting gifts like cards, flowers, chocolates and neckties.
Younger children often give dad a handmade gift.
The Father's Day celebration has been commercialized in England like it has in other countries.
Days before Father’s Day, marketers launch aggressive advertising campaigns to lure people and cash in on the sentimental value of the occasion.
Though critics are very much against the commercialization many others feel that the marketing of the festival helps to create awareness about Father’s Day and therefore strengthen the bond of love shared between father and a child.
A Day to Honour one’s Dad
Father’s Day is one of those days in the United Kingdom where everyone gets a chance to honour his or her own father in a special way. This holiday has an interesting history which started many, many years ago. However, the holiday remains a very special day for those with fathers in their lives. For those who themselves are fathers, the day is an enjoyable day indeed.
Held on the third Sunday in June every year, Father’s Day in the United Kingdom never has the same date every year. Despite the fact that the date changes every year, this is no excuse for someone to forget the day or its special meaning for fathers across the United Kingdom and the Territories of the Commonwealth. Mark it down now, because Father’s Day in the UK is one of the most meaningful days for those who have fathers or for those who are fathers themselves.
For those planning ahead, in the year 2012, Father’s Day will be held on 17 June 2012, which is only a couple weeks after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration
This Father’s Day will fall on a date very close to the Olympics in the UK. This will make the 2012 Father’s Day a very special one for many fathers in the United Kingdom who make their way to see some of the world class sporting events held in London. In 2013, Father’s Day in the United Kingdom will be held on 16 June 2013. This spread of dates makes Father’s Day fairly easy to remember.
Fathers Day Celebrations in the United Kingdom
Traditionally, the celebrations in the United Kingdom have ranged from small gatherings among families to commemorate the day, to large scale events sponsored by government offices and agencies. The government tries to hold these special celebrations every year in a bid to promote family ties and bonding. These things have been identified by the government as being essential for the continued success of families in the UK as well as the entire set of countries which make up the United Kingdom. The UK has celebrated Father’s Day for many years, although the special day did not originate in the United Kingdom.
Several councils were founded in the United Kingdom in the early days of Father’s Day in order to promote the special day for those who wanted to celebrate it. For others who had not heard of a special day for honouring fathers, the councils established for this purpose did an excellent job in helping to promote awareness with those who were unfamiliar with the special day.
For many dads in the UK, sporting events are a good way to celebrate the holiday. Taking dad to a sporting event is a good way to create a time of special bonding for the child and father. There are online schedules of game days, and most of the sports which are in season during the month of June will hold special events at the stadiums and clubs across the UK for those who are celebrating the holiday with their fathers at the many sporting events which are held there.
Other activities which are supported by the various clubs and organisations in the United Kingdom include religious events held at the churches and religious centres of the UK. Almost every Christian church will hold a special service on that Sunday commemorating the service and support which fathers bring to society and the UK as a whole. Catholic churches will also have special services in order to honour the paternal support that fathers provide for their families. Other religious centres will also have events planned for the special day held on the third Sunday in June.
History of Father's Day and Its Commercialisation
It is true that many of the events held in modern United Kingdom are different than those held in previous years or previous decades. In the past, many of the events held for Father’s Day were short and succinct. However, in recent years, as more and more commercial services start to promote the advent of Father’s Day in the UK, the commercialisation of the holiday seems complete. All of this started decades ago in the United States.
After Father’s Day became a recognized holiday in the USA, it spread to the United Kingdom as well. During the 1930’s in New York City, a retail group started to promote the holiday via various committees and councils. From these early days of promotion, Father’s Day started to become the holiday that it is now. Incorporating Father’s Day was the goal of this organisation, and this goal was realised in the years following this initial push. Dodd, one of the founders of the original Father’s Day, was one of the biggest proponents for the push to commercialise the holiday. On the other hand, the founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, spent the better second half of her life opposing the commercialisation of the holiday she helped create.
Merchants in the UK recognised the need to add humour and fun to the holiday, and they successfully did this over the initial years of the holiday. The advertisements that these salesmen used caused the complete commercialisation of the holiday, until the most recent times, as the holiday has been celebrated by those in the UK largely through the act of giving gifts.
Father’s Day This Year
Help celebrate Father’s Day this year by spending some quality time with Dad. He has done a lot for the family and will continue to do so. Many in the UK will choose to give a gift to Dad this year, and there are many choices. ( A Book for Father's Day is a great gift idea!) For those celebrating in 2012, taking Dad to the Olympics in London
would be a right proper gift to give!
Celebrate Father’s Day this year by spending some quality time with Dad.