How is Father’s Day celebrated around the world? We discover and reveal everything
Father’s Day (June 19 in the UK in 2022) is celebrated around the world to recognize the contribution fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children.
It’s a day that recognizes dad’s vital contribution to the world and celebrates fatherhood and male parenthood.
Although it is celebrated on various dates around the world, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
The third Sunday in June is the day on which dads are thanked in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as in Austria and Belgium.
Different dates to celebrate Father’s Day
But there are different dates for this celebration in other countries. For example, in Fiji, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is on the first Sunday in September.
In Thailand, it is celebrated on December 5, which is the birthday of the country’s king. And in South America, Brazilian dads are celebrated on the second Sunday of August, on the same date as dads in Samoa.
Where is Father’s Day celebrated around the world?
Father’s Day is universal and is also celebrated in countries like Argentina, Canada, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and Venezuela.
In the Catholic countries of Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19. March 19 in these countries is the feast of Saint Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers.
Meanwhile, in Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on the same May 13 as Ascension Day.
Origins of Father’s Day
Across Scandinavia, the tradition of Father’s Day was adopted in the 1930s.
Originally the American date was used to celebrate Father’s Day, but in 1949 the Scandinavian countries
Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as Estonia and Iceland have decided to move it to the second Sunday in November.
The reason for the change was partly to place it six months from Mother’s Day, but it was also chosen on that date to boost retail sales in a period of relative calm leading up to Christmas.
Reason why Scandinavia didn’t line up
The only Scandinavian country that did not fit this date was Denmark.
They forgot to notify the public and did not implement the date change, so Father’s Day remained on the same day as their other early June holiday, Constitution Day.
In Taiwan, Father’s Day is celebrated on August 8 because the Chinese for eight is ‘ba’ while a colloquial word for father is ‘ba-ba’ – so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds like their ‘dad “.
It was also the date of Father’s Day in China, but the date was later moved to the third Sunday in June, which is a Western tradition.
But what do people around the world give or do on Father’s Day?
What do we do on Father’s Day?
Some people visit their fathers, which for many was not possible during confinement, others offer cards, flowers or other gifts. Ultimately, Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday, so different families have different traditions.
Some make a simple phone call, others speak to their dad by zoom, a greeting card can be delivered or some families organize a party for their dad.
Father figures include fathers, stepfathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and even male relatives.
Father’s Day in India is relatively new but is celebrated similarly to the UK or the US. In Mexico, Father’s Day is known as “Día del Padre”, where many families get together, prepare meals and distribute gifts to fathers or father figures.
In South Africa, many social and cultural societies organize Father’s Day celebrations.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-12 15:35:36