In the USA, Father’s Day is a national holiday and is on the third Sunday in June. It is a holiday to celebrate the Father’s in your life. Typically the celebration involves giving gifts to your father and taking part in activities with the whole family.
The first Father’s Day celebrated in the USA was on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA. President Calvin Coolidge recommended the day as a national holiday in 1924. Father’s Day was made a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. This holiday was not recognized officially until 1972 during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
Originally Father’s Day was celebrated on March 19, which is the feast day of St. Joseph in Catholic Europe. Countries all around the world now celebrate the American date for Father’s Day. There are still some countries, such as Honduras, Italy, and Spain that continue to celebrate Father’s Day on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19.
Do you wonder how other countries celebrate Father’s Day?
The following are some facts about celebrating Father’s Day around the world:
In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September, which also happens to be their first Sunday of Spring.
Father’s Day or Dia dos Pais, is celebrated on the second Sunday in August to honor St. Joachim, the father of Mary. The Brazilian celebration is all about meat, and families get together for all-you-can-eat barbecues, at home or in a steakhouse.
You can make an international phone call to Brazil for less than one penny per minute and wish your dad a Happy Father’s Day.
In Germany, Father’s Day is on the fortieth day of Easter, which is Ascension Day, with the celebration traditionally held on a Thursday. It celebrates the Christian belief of Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven.
Father’s Day is also called Men’s Day and the tradition is for male groups to arrange hiking trips. They head off into nature with lots of beer, wine, and food, that’s transported in decorated hand carts called Bollerwagon.
The consumption of alcohol is a large part of the tradition, and many people take the following day off work to recover and some schools also remain closed on the following Friday.
In India, Father’s Day is still emerging as a holiday and, those who observe it, celebrate in a similar way to the United States and on the same day.
In Mexico, as it does for Mother’s Day, the celebration to honor its fathers is bigger than that of its neighbors in the north. While it is not an official holiday, it is held on the third Sunday in June and celebrated with gifts, music, and food.
Some people take part in a twenty-one-kilometer race held in Mexico City, the “Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan,” which is held at the Bosque de Tlalpan, a protected natural area which is used for outdoor recreation.
Super cheap international calling card to Mexico is only one third of a penny per minute, so give your dad a call in Mexico.
In Russia, the equivalent to Father’s Day is a celebration that developed from a military commemoration into an unofficial tribute to all men. Soldiers were traditionally honored across the country with parades, and nowadays there are often festivals with music, dancing, and games. Women give the men in their lives small gifts.
The Father’s Day celebration in Thailand takes place on the birthday of the highly admired late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on December 5, who is considered the Father of the Nation. The tradition is for people to wear yellow on the day as it is the color of the day for Monday. Fathers and grandfathers would generally receive a Canna flower as a gift. The Canna flower has a masculine association, although this practice is as common nowadays.
If your dad is in Bangkok, you can call him for less than one penny.
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