Fun Fact Friday: Father’s Day

Father’s Day takes place this weekend (18 June), and we can already see sales of ties and aftershave rising.

To celebrate the male figure in your life – be it your good old dad, grandpa, brother or uncle – we decided to find out some fun facts about the celebration of dads.

  1. Not that we’re saying mums are better but it appears more love (and money) goes to mother figures. Children are more likely to spend money on Mother’s Day presents than Father’s Day. Sorry guys.
  2. It’s not so good when it comes to cards either with only 7 million Father’s Day cards sent in the UK each year, compared to 13 million on Mother’s Day. We’ll get our act together this year, promise…
  3. However, dads do have their own album! In 1990 American rapper Father MC released an album called Father’s Day featuring the song I’ll Do 4 U, featuring Mary J Blige. It reached the top 20.
  4. Father’s Day was only established as an official holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a public law to make it permanent.
  5. Mother’s Day has been an official holiday since 1914 – there might have been some favouritism in the past.
  6. There are 1.5 billion fathers worldwide. That’s a lot of presents to buy.
  7. The average spending on for a Father’s Day present is £16.40 – males tend to spend £18.25 and girls spend £16.30.
  8. Neckties are the most popular gifts to buy for dads with hammers and golf clubs following closely behind.
  9. In 2008, thousands of Scottish primary pupils were prevented from making Father’s Day cards to avoid embarrassing classmates from single-parent households.
  10. Martin Luther King, Jr. was originally named Michael, after his father. When he was five, his father changed his own name and his son’s to Martin after a trip to Europe in 1934.

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