Day for dads celebrated with customs around the world
Global celebrations on Father’s Day
Father’s Day is celebrated around the world. We discover international differences.
Father’s Day is celebrated around the world to recognize the contribution fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children.
It is a day that recognizes the vital contribution of dads in the world and celebrates fatherhood and male parenthood.
When is Father’s Day celebrated?
Although it is celebrated on various dates around the world, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
Different dates for 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.
A universal celebration
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.
In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on the same May 13 as Ascension Day.
Across Scandinavia, the tradition of Father’s Day was adopted in the 1930s.
Origins of Father’s Day
Originally, the American date was used to celebrate Father’s Day, but in 1949 the Scandinavian countries Finland, Norway and Sweden, along with Estonia and Iceland, decided to move it to second Sunday in November.
The reason for the change was partly to place it six months away 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.
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?
Some people visit their father, 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 talk to their dad via zoom call, a greeting card may be delivered, or some families throw a party for their dad.
Father figures include fathers, stepfathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, 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.