Father's Day is celebrated throughout the world to honour and thank your father, dad, pa, step dad, dad to be, pet dad or a second dad. In the UK we celebrate this special day on the third Sunday of June, however, some countries celebrate their dads different dates. Father's Day complements Mother's Day, the celebration of mothers, and typically families spend Father's Day and Mother's Day together. Traditionally dads receive gifts like scrummy Gnaw Chocolate Father's Day gifts sent with a personalised message from their sons, daughters and even pets and the whole family will enjoy a Sunday lunch or meal together at home or at your dad's favourite restaurant.
There are some suggestions that the idea of Father's Day may originate in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the Sun as the father of the universe. Since the summer solstice occurs around the same time of year as Father's Day, some people see a link between the two.
The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States. A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations to plan a day to honour fathers. Father's Day has been celebrated in June since 1910 in America. The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father's Day. This is in contrast to Mother's Day, which has a very different history in the United States and the United Kingdom.