5 things you don't know about Father's Day

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今天父亲节,不知道各位小伙伴在苦学PTE之余有没有记得给自己的父亲一句节日的问候,一份温馨的礼物。今天墨尔本悉尼文波PTE的小编就来给大家普及一下父亲节的知识,也跟大家说一下大家可能不知道自己不知道的5件事(是不是很绕,多读几遍自己体会吧)


Father’s Day: 5 things you didn’t know you didn’t know about the holiday



 Father’s Day is upon us once again this Sunday, June 19, and while you’ve hopefully already bought dear old Dad a cool gadget or witty card to mark the occasion (and if you haven’t, stop reading this and go get one!), you may have some questions about the holiday. Do we have Hallmark to thank (or curse) for it? Which came first, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day? Read on for answers to those questions and more.


(还没给自己父亲买礼物或者写贺卡的小伙伴就先别读了,赶快收拾收拾去买礼物吧。另外,想知道先有母亲节还是先有父亲节?看看这篇文章你就知道了)

 

Where did Father’s Day originate?

 


The lore goes that the holiday is the brainchild of two different women. The first, Grace Golden Clayton of West Virginia, suggested to her pastor in 1908 that the church honor fathers, an idea likely inspired by a mining disaster in nearby Monongah the year before that killed 362 men and left 1,000 widows and children.


(最早父亲节是两位不同的女性提出来的,看来还真不是父亲们强烈要求的。其中一位是因为一次矿难造成了362位男性死亡,留下了1000个孩子。)

 


The other woman, more widely recognized as the creator of Father’s Day, was Sonora Dodd of Spokane,Washington. Dodd and her five siblings were raised by a single father in a time when that was largely uncommon, and in 1910, she started a petition to recognize the holiday.


(另外一位,也是被广泛认为是父亲节的创始人的女性,她和她的五个兄弟姐妹是由她们的父亲一人抚养大的。而在那时候,这件事非常不寻常。)


The first piece of legislation regarding the day was a 1913 bill by Congress specifying that "the third Sunday in June is Father’s Day." While its popularity waxed and waned over the years thanks to — no joke — tie manufacturers, it slowly gained popularity from the 1930s to the ‘60s. (Read my colleague Phil Edwards’s piece "How the neck tie industry saved Father’sDay" to get the whole fascinating story.)


(原来父亲节的流行还得归功于领带制造商们,这点还真的挺出乎意料的。)


In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation to mark the celebration of Father’s Day, and in 1972 President Richard Nixon finally signed it into law.



Father’s Day is now celebrated in many other countries, including Russia, Thailand, and Australia, though not always on the same day as in America, and not always in the same fashion. For instance, the Telegraph notes that in Germany,"in certain regions it is traditional for groups of men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats. Heavy drinking is common and, according to official statistics, traffic-related accidents spike on this day."


(现在父亲节已经全球流行了,尽管并不一定是一天,或者同一种庆祝方式。德国人在庆祝父亲节上秉承了日耳曼民族的传统,几个男人一起去大块吃肉,大口喝酒,估计得不醉不归。)

 

Wait, is it spelled Father’s Day or Fathers’ Day?

 

It’s definitely Father’s Day, with the apostrophe before the S. If you want to dig into the grammar of it, Dictionary.com offers this rather touching explanation:

 

With the apostrophe before the s, Father’s Day "belongs" to each individual father. If the apostrophe fell after the s, the meaning slightly changes. That would be a holiday "belonging" to all fathers as a collective.

In other words, Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the greatness of your own dad, and to hell with the rest of them. (More broadly, if you're confused by apostrophes in general, Vox’s German Lopez has a great explainer.)


If you don't care about grammar in the slightest, here’s the simplest explanation: Though founder Dodd spelled the name Fathers’ Day on her original petition to recognize the holiday, the 1913 congressional bill spell edit Father’s Day. And thus it has remained.


(这个父亲节的“s”加的也是有讲究的,一定是“ 's ”,而不是 “ s' ”。这个表示每个父亲的节日,而如果换过来,那就是所有父亲的集合,没办法突出自己父亲的唯一性。)

 

Are there any movies about Father’s Day?

 


There are at least two. The Father’s Day of 1997 stars Robin Williams and Billy Crystal as two strangers who go on a quest to find a boy after the ex they share informs them both, separately, that the boy is their son. Roger Ebert was not a fan, calling it " a brainless feature-length sitcom with too much sit and no com."



The Father’s Day of 2011 is an"American-Canadian action-horror comedy" about a quest for revenge against a serial father killer, which has a surprisingly high 71 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


But if you’re looking for something more family-friendly, perhaps featuring Julia Roberts, rest assured it’s only a matter of time until "holiday-themed super villain" Garry Marshall unleashes his hellish vision of Father’s Day upon the world.

 

Which is bigger, Mother’s Day or Father’sDay?

 

You may love both your parents equally, but in this aspect at least, the moms have a clear lead.Though greeting card companies and sporting goods stores now rake in profits every third Sunday in June, there are a few pieces of evidence for Father’s Day being the smaller of the two parent-focused holidays.


(大家看,还是有很多证据表明,父亲节没有母亲节 “大”)


One is that Mother’sDay has just been around longer — as Edwards explains, the mother of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, created the holiday in 1908, and President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday six years later. Father’s Day, meanwhile, didn’t become an official holiday until 1972, courtesy of Nixon.


(其中一个原因就是历史。母亲节有着超过百年的历史,而父亲节知道1972年才算做正式的节日。)


It could also reflect a difference in home life structure. According to the Census Bureau, there were 1.9 million single fathers with kids under 18 in 2015, versus 9.9 million single mothers. And in two-parent families where one parent stays home with the kids, there’s a big discrepancy in who it is: The census found that among married couples, there were 5.2 million stay-at-home moms in 2015, versus just 199,000 stay-at-home dads.


(另一个从家庭结构也能看出来,单亲母亲抚养的家庭数量是单亲父亲的差不多9倍。而且全职母亲的数量也是全职父亲的25倍。)


The sales data bears this out: The National Retail Federation estimates that Mother’s Day this year resulted in $21.4 billion in spending, while Father’s Day–related sales are expected to be around $14.3 billion — not exactly chump change, but a significantly smaller sumnonetheless.

 

What should I get my dad for Father’s Day?

 

Here’s how Father’s Day gift giving breaks down, according to National Retail Federation data:



 

 If you’re under 10, not only do you have excellent reading skills and taste but you’re one of the lucky few who can get away with presenting a novelty neck wear item of some sort (Tabascoties were my go-to).

Otherwise, you could take your dad to the movies; per CNN, Father’s Day weekend was the fourth-highest-grossing box office weekend in 2015. You could send him a card (like 74 million people do each year, according to Hallmark), though if you haven’t already put one in the mail, an e-card is more realistic this year.



Regardless of what you get him (or don’t get him), your dad probably just wants your love, so spend time with him if you can or give him a call if you can’t. Unless, of course, he’s one of the 14 percent of dads Zagat surveyed who just want to be left completely alone on Father's Day.


其实不管是父亲还是母亲,要求的都很简单,只是想要子女多陪陪自己。我们的小伙伴,不管是在考PTE的,还是在上学的,还是已经定居的,可能父母都不自身边。大家能陪父母的时间估计一年也就那么一个月甚至一两周,在此情况下大家如果有时间的话,还是应该多回家看看,多陪陪父母。


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