Why am I quoting 'Cat's in the Cradle' by Harry Chapin (we prefer the Ugly Kid Joe version)? Well on Sunday 17th June we celebrate Father's Day, a day when Dads get treated and they get reminded just how special they are. 'Cats in the Cradle' is about an awkward relationship between father and son... so perhaps not the best example of a loving dad song, but you get the sentiment!
A dad can come in many forms; they don't necessarily have to be blood related, male or even your dad. Unfortunately, some of us aren't lucky enough to have those special people in our lives any longer, and this time of year is a cruel reminder of that. However, I still spend the day thinking of my lovely dad, and laugh at all the pound shop tat I used to buy him! Of course, here at HowCurious we only have the finest curiosities, no tat here!
The celebration of fatherhood dates back to Catholic Europe in the Middle Ages, and was celebrated on 19th March; Saint Joseph's Day. Saint Joseph was said to be a model for fathers, he was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Fast forward quite a few years years later, and one theory is that an American called Sonora Dodd came up with the idea after hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1910, her father raised her and her siblings after her mother died in childbirth, and so she thought a day to celebrate these special men was needed. Another theory centres around a lady called Grace Golden Clayton from Fairmont, West Virginia. In 1908 she campaigned for a date for children to remember their fathers after 360 men died in a mine explosion. The UK started celebrating it in the late 1940s and it has been a popular day ever since, it is even a public holiday in the USA.