Father’s Day is here and sons and daughters everywhere are looking for a special message to send to their dads to show them how important they are in their lives.
It might be to write in a card, send in a text or leave around the house for them to find when they are least expecting.
However you want to let your dad know how special he is today, here are some great options in the form of quotes and memes that will do the job.
‘I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection’ – Sigmund Freud
‘My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in’ – Simon Cowell
‘My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.’ – Gwyneth Paltrow
‘I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future’ – Liza Minnelli
‘My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine.‘ – David Lauren
‘Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows’ – Al Unser
‘My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.’ – Clarence Budington Kelland
‘Father’s Day is hopefully a time when the culture says, ‘This is our moment to look at who our men and boys are.’ – Michael Gurian
‘It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.’ – Pope John XXIII
‘I’m so proud of who I am and where I come from and who my father is.’ – Enrique Iglesias
‘I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.’ – Gordon Brown
Everything you need to know about Father’s Day
When is Father’s Day?
This one is complicated but, for the UK, the US and a number of other countries, Father’s Day is always held on the third Sunday of the June.
This year the celebration will be on Sunday 18 June.
In Catholic Europe and in a number of Latin American countries, it was celebrated on 19 March but some countries are switching over to the date in June.
Even beyond that there are countries with different traditions and Father’s Day dates are quite varied: Australia’s Father’s Day is in September, for example.
How did it start?
The Catholic day to celebrate fatherhood dates back to the Middle Ages to tie in with the feast of St Joseph.
But the celebration of fatherhood did not reach the US until around 100 years ago. The UK adopted the day much later, around the late 1940s.
How the idea came to US is disputed.
Some suggest that the American Sonora Dodd came up with the idea of a day for fathers after hearing a sermon about mother’s Day in 1910.
She had been raised by her father – along with her siblings – after her mother died in childbirth.
Others suggest that the day’s origins date back to 1908 when Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, campaigned for a date for children in a nearby town to remember their fathers after 360 men died in a mine explosion.
The campaign for Mother’s Day started just a couple of months earlier so it is possible she drew inspiration from this.
How is Father’s Day celebrated?
Over in the States, the date is marked as a public holiday.
Lyndon Johnson first put the date on the public calendar in 1966 and it was officially declared a holiday by Richard Nixon in 1972.
The date is typically marked by with children giving cards and gifts in Britain and the US but over in Germany the date is marked with groups of men celebrating with beer, wine and meat on wagons.