Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. It was first proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1909. It is currently celebrated in the United States annually on the third Sunday in June.
Father's Day around the world
In many countries Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, among them the USA, Canada, the UK, France, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa.
However, it is also widely celebrated on other days, for example on February 23rd (Russia, Defender of the Fatherland Day), March 19th (as Festa del Papà in Italy, Dia do Pai in Portugal and Día del Padre in Spain), Ascension Day (Germany), the first Sunday in June (Switzerland), the second Sunday in June (Austria and Belgium), June 21st, the first day of summer (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan & Syria), first Sunday of September (Australia, New Zealand) and the second Saturday of November (many Scandinavian countries).