Father’s Day in the UK is observed on the third Sunday of June, just as it is in the US. In fact, the tradition sprang up first in the US and then migrated over the Atlantic to the UK, where it quickly gained wide acceptance.
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This day is not a public holiday in the UK but is actively observed by the majority of the population. Generally, cards or gifts are given to fathers by their children on Father’s Day, and fathers may be treated to a special meal out or at home.
Most believe the beginnings of Father’s Day was with the holding of special services to honour of Dads who died in a West Virginia (USA) mining accident in 1907. Over a thousand children were orphaned by the accident, and orphan Grace Clayton petitioned local pastors to hold the services, which they did. A few years later, in 1910, Sonora Dodd campaigned for and organised the first Father’s Day celebration. It took place on 19 June, and momentum grew in the years and decades afterward such that the day was being celebrated across the US by the 1960s.
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