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Father’s Day

Father’s Day falls on 20 June this year. It is an opportunity to thank all Dads, grandfathers, great grandfathers and step-Dads and to make them feel special.

The origins of Father’s Day reveal it as a fairly recent occasion, introduced in the USA in 1907. It followed a tragic mining accident which killed more than 360 men and deprived around 1,000 children of their fathers.

The celebration waxed and waned for several decades until President Lyndon Johnson formally recognised it in 1966 and Richard Nixon signed it into official law six years later so that it became a public holiday in the US.

Dates and traditions of Father’s Day vary around the world. In Thailand, it takes place in December to honour a past king who is thought of as the Father of the Nation. Celebrants wear yellow and canna flowers are exchanged.

In France, it is the custom to give red roses. In Germany, fathers often group together to off on hiking trips, many pulling wagons of food and drink.

Mexico City celebrates with a 13-mile race called Carrera Dia del Padre. Children and their fathers often run alongside each other.

In the UK, Father’s Day always takes place on the third Sunday in June and is a much more relaxed affair. There may well be gifts given and it is often celebrated with a family lunch or tea. We are certainly expecting a few family reunions here at the CNC. Tea will definitely be available and doubtless, some cake too.

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