Traditionally, Father's Day came about through pagan worship. Many branches of paganism see the sun as the father of the universe and logically have made the connection between that and the Father of the family being the central hub. With the sun a prominent figure in many religious groups, the combination of the summer solstice in mid to late June and Father's Day occurring around the same time appears to have been no accident.
Like many traditions these days, the origins of an "official" Father's Day came from or friends across the pond in America. There, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations to plan a day to honour fathers and ever since 1910, Father's Day has been celebrated. The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father's Day.
These days, very much like Mother's Day, there are substantial marketing opportunities for card and gift companies with Father's Day. There is literally nothing that is not available. From personalised alcohol bottles to fishing licences to any number of fancy new golfing paraphernalia to a galaxy of weird and wonderful technical gadgets, your Father's are spoilt for choice.
Don't worry however if you are not a biological Father. The array of "Happy Father's Day to my Step Dad" or "You're like a Dad to me" cards is vast. Even grandparents are getting in on the act. I saw a card yesterday saying "To my Great-Granddad on Father's Day"... Where does it stop?
At a time where retail stores are struggling, these seemingly continuous stream of celebratory events has rekindled our love for the high street and I too am guilty of running to the local shop the day before (having said that, this also applies to Birthday's, Christening's, Anniversaries, Weddings and, rather more embarrassingly, Funeral's) much to my wife's annoyance.
I've always struggled to appreciate Father's Day and wrote it off as a marketing trick. That said, now I am a Father of 3, I do look forward to my "world's best dad" mug and some inappropriate T-Shirt that can only be worn in the comfort of my own home.
Make sure that you spoil you're Father this weekend - one option of a unique and much needed gift would be a SafeHands Funeral Plan... Just Saying!