Father’s Day Traditions Around The World
Father’s Day in the U.S. took about 60 years to to be officially established. Former President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. America, and many other countries, celebrate fathers each year on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day traditions and dates vary around the world. Here’s how nine nations celebrate dads each year:
Father’s Day in Thailand is celebrated on Dec. 5. Which is the birthday of King Bhuminol Adulyadeij. The King gives a speech and Thai people wear pink to honor him — the King was once seen wearing a pink blazer as he left the hospital. It is also a tradition for people to give Canna Lilies to fathers and grandfathers. For trips to Thailand, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
In Russia, all men, not just fathers, are celebrated on what is known as Defender of the Fatherland Day. The Feb. 23 holiday started as a military commemoration. Soldiers are also honored in parades throughout the country. Women give the important men in their lives — not just dads — gifts. For trips to Europe or Russia, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
In Brazil, this celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America. In Brazil Father’s Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) is celebrated three months after Mother’s Day, on the second Sunday of August. It is not recognized as a official holiday, but is widely observed and typically involves spending time with and giving gifts to one’s father or father figure. For trips to Brazil or Latin America, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
In Germany, Father’s Day, or called Vatertag, is a federal holiday celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, Ascension Day. Men in Germany traditionally celebrate by pulling wagons loaded with beer and liquor into the woods. Instead of hiking and drinking, some men celebrate by going on bar crawls – something that sounds a bit familiar to some Americans. For trips to Europe, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
The Nepalese celebration of Father’s Day is celebrated in late summer, and is called Gokarna Aunsi, which literally translates as ‘cow earned no moon night.’ Sons touch their foreheads to their father’s feet and daughters touch their foreheads to their father’s hands. Children also give gifts to their fathers. People also gather to pray for the fathers who have passed away.
Mexico has an annual 21K Father’s Day race, Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan, each year on the third Sunday in June. They also celebrate with parties and gifts for dads. For more information on Mexico vacations, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
Italy, Spain and Portugal:
Father’s Day coincides with the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19. Religious families typically go to church. Kids also make cards or buy gifts for their dads. For more information on European vacations, click here, or call a travel team agent at 1-800-788-0829
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