Father’s Day in France – Last Sunday of June

 Remember Dad !  Father’s Day in France and in the United States.

Joyeuses Fête des Pères - Father's Day in France

Father’s Day originates in the United States…

Launched in 1909 by Sonora Smart Dodd (daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart) as a way to celebrate and remember her deceased father, an echo to the Mother’s Day celebrations of the month of May. 

The manufacturer of cigarette lighters “Flaminaire” in Bretagne (1946 to 1969) known for inventing the first gas cigarette lighter, had the brilliant idea to boost his sales by pushing the then little known holiday.  At the time, smoking was a sign of masculinity and virility and a cigarette lighter was the perfect gift choice.

Father’s day in France became officiallized in 1952.  Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, both in France and in the United States.



  1 comment for “Father’s Day in France – Last Sunday of June

  1. June 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Interesting. I didn’t know the French invented the gas lighter, nor did I know a Civil war daughter started Father’s day.

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