How Is Father's Day Celebrated Around The World?

It’s June and once again we are celebrating the living embodiment of lame jokes crossed with gross farts — Dad. Just kidding, I love you Dad. Beyond the occasional facepalm-worthy dad jokes, our fathers are some of the most loving, wise and courageous people we know. First celebrated in the early 20th century United States by Sonora Smart Dodd, the honouring of fathers has since spread to many countries around the world.

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You may associate the holiday with the gifting of presents and cards, but did you know that Father’s Day traditions differ across cultures? You’d be surprised to hear that Father’s Day can be as early as February and may even involve a full-fledged marathon! 


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Same as America and Singapore, Father’s Day—or Dia Del Padre—in Mexico falls on the third Sunday in June. On top of gifts and a dinner treat, families celebrate fatherly figures by participating in the annual Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan, a city-wide 21km marathon. There are a number of different races throughout the day, including the popular Father and Son Race. And as the Mexicans love it, the carnival isn’t complete without a whole lot of good food and music. 


Does your dad love steak? If he does, he will love Brazil’s version of Father’s Day! In honour of St. Joachim, the father of Mary and patron saint of fathers and grandfathers, Dia dos Pais falls on the second Sunday in August. This day is all about fathers and meat. To celebrate, families gather to feast on churrasco, the Portuguese and Spanish term for beef or grilled meat.


Also celebrated on the third Sunday in June, the Japanese celebrate 父の日 (Chichi No Hi) with gifts that are often food or alcohol related, like sake. Unagi, Japanese for eel, is also a popular gift choice as it is considered luxurious and reserved for special occasions in the Japanese culture.


Instead of Father’s Day, May 8th is celebrated as Parents’ Day in Korea. It is a day for filial piety and children prepare red carnations along with letters of gratitude to gift to their parents.



In true German fashion, Father’s Day in Germany definitely involves beer. Known as Vatertag or Männertag, men indulge in booze and go on a ‘men’s-only’ hike in the woods, pulling along a wagon full of food and beer. This takes place on Ascension Day, the 40th day after Easter.


Swedes celebrate Father’s Day on the second Sunday in November. Dads can expect a traditional breakfast in bed, gifts and cake!


Defender of the Fatherland Day, also known as Men’s Day, is a military celebration in Russia that falls on February 23rd. Parades and ceremonies commemorate the creation of the Red Army during the Russian civil war. On this day, women also pay tribute to the men in their lives through gifting and homecooked dinners.


In Thailand, December 5th is the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who the Thai consider to be the Father of the Nation. The people don yellow clothing in honour of the late king, with yellow being the color of the day for Mondays, the day the king was born! The Thais will also give their father or grandfather a canna lily, which is thought to be a masculine flower.

Surprise Dad this Father’s Day!

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Let us know how you typically celebrate Father’s Day with your dad!

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