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Father’s Day is a holiday honoring one’s father, or relevant father figure, as well as fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The single most common date among world countries is the third Sunday of June, which was founded in the state of Washington, United States by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910.
The day is held on various dates across the world, and different regions maintain their own traditions of honoring fatherhood. In some Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. Sikhs celebrate Father’s Day (ਪਿਤਾ ਦਿਵਸ) on 29 December, Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. In some Islamic countries, it is set following the months of the Islamic calendar.
Father’s Day is a recognized public holiday in Lithuania and some parts of Spain and was regarded as such in Italy until 1977. It is a national holiday in Estonia, Samoa, and equivalently in South Korea, where it is celebrated as Parents’ Day. The holiday complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother’s Day and, in the USA, Siblings Day, and Grandparents’ Day.
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