Next Sunday the 4th of September is Father’s Day, a day when we celebrate the love and dedication of fathers, step-fathers, guardians, fathers-in-law, uncles and grandfathers and thank them for being our teacher, carer, friend and role model. It is also a chance to remember those incredible father’s that are no longer with us. We got wondering about the origins of Father’s Day and found out some interesting facts.
How did Father’s Day begin?
In 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd decided to create an official Father’s Day after listening to Anna Jarvis (an American woman who created Mother’s Day) giving a Mother’s Day sermon at church. Dodd was a true believer in Father’s Day because she loved her father, William Jackson Smart who raised his six children by himself.
Father’s Day in Australia
In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September, different to the UK and USA that celebrate in June.
There are over 4.6 million fathers in Australia and every year, Australians spend approximately $660 million showering their dad’s with gifts!
The traditional flower of Father’s Day is a rose. Red roses are for living fathers and white roses are for fathers who have passed on.
Looking for something to do with your dad Father’s Day weekend?
The Gladstone Orchid & Foliage Society Inc. are holding a Father’s Day plant display and sales day on Saturday 3rd of September starting 8am at the Kmart car park. There will be plenty of plants on display and for sale, including orchids and potting mix.
The RSPCA are also holding a Big Breakfast at the Brasserie, Gladstone Golf Club on Sunday 4th of September. From 8am to 11am a buffet breakfast will be available for $25 per person. If you would like to attend text your full name, number and number of adults/children and booking time to 0449 826 105.
BAM (Beach.Arts.Music) Markets will also be on Saturday 3rd of September at the Tannum Sands Esplanade. Take your dad and family down for an afternoon of fun, food, entertainment and markets! 2pm to 7pm.