Last updated on May 17th, 2023 at 05:36 pm
Just like our mothers, fathers, and father figures deserve recognition and love. A father’s importance can’t be denied. These special men can be real-life superheroes. They are always there for and ready to take on anything for their children, and they often work tirelessly to support the needs of their families. Father’s Day is celebrated annually to honor these fathers’ contributions and recognize paternal love. It is the perfect time to show your Dad some love. So, look for creative ways to honor the paternal figures in your life this year and consider incorporating some fun Father’s Day traditions to make the day even more special.
The History of Father’s Day
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington, USA, on June 19, 1910, by Sonora Smart Dodd. Although showing love and appreciation for these special men should be a daily occurrence, Father’s Day is usually recognized on the 3rd Sunday of June. Sonora had heard about how Anna Jarvis had established Mother’s Day in honor of her mother. As a result, she told the pastor of her church that there should be something similar to celebrate fathers too.
Today, families worldwide celebrate this important holiday, recognizing and honoring the endless efforts, initiatives, and contributions of fathers and father figures. So, let’s look at some of the interesting ways people recognize fathers around the world.
Father’s Day Traditions and Celebrations Around the World
Celebrating Fathers in the USA
Traditions in the USA often include spending quality time with Dad, including adult children who live away from home, and taking time to celebrate the day either in person or virtually. Because children want to express their affection for their Dads, they treat their fathers to breakfast in bed and special gifts like cards, flowers, chocolates, and neckties. As well, handmade gifts are often made in school. Typically, there are special Dad-centric events scheduled in most cities, so families across the USA often spend the day at different shows.
Celebrating Fathers in Brazil
Families in Brazil celebrate Father’s Day each year on the second Sunday in August. Brazilians honor their Dads with huge feasts. During the feast of St. Joachim (the patron saint of fathers), people enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecues boasting skewers of roasted beef, pork, chicken, and sausage. As well, children spend the day writing cards and letters with words of thanks to their dads. It is an important day to celebrate fathers.
Celebrating Fathers in Nepal
The natives of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal honor their fathers on the day of Gokarna Aunsi. On this day, it’s traditional to respect fathers that are no longer with their families. So, the Father’s role in the family is considered quite sacred. Father’s Day traditions or celebrations in Nepal occur in late August and September, depending on the lunar calendar. To celebrate, Hindus go to the Shiva temple of Gokarnewor Mahadev, and Buddhists go to the Jan Bahal temple.
Celebrating Fathers in Japan
In Japan, Father’s Day is called Chichi No Hi. Flowers are an integral part of this day of honor, and popular gifts include flowers and cards. Other gifts include alcohol and gourmet foods. Lunch or dinner is almost always a dish of crab or prawns. Personalized champagne, beer bottles, perfume, and sandals are also common gifts.
Celebrating Fathers in Thailand
Thai families celebrate Father’s Day on December 5 each year to coincide with the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King is very much beloved by the Thai people and considered ‘The Father of the Nation.’ the ruling King typically gives a widely-broadcast speech, and children hand out Canna lilies to their fathers and grandfathers. And because of this, traditional celebrations see everyone wearing yellow, the “official color” of Monday, the day of the week the King was born.
Celebrating Fathers in Mexico
Father’s Day in Mexico strongly emphasizes family values, so Mexican families celebrate this special holiday on the third Sunday in June. As such, preparing gifts and meals for dads and father figures is part of Mexico’s annual Father’s Day celebrations. Mexicans also celebrate the day wFather’sty-wide, 21-kilometer race in Mexico City’s Bosque de Tlalpan, an open space used for hiking and jogging.
Celebrating Fathers in Russia
Russia’s Father’s Day Traditions originated as a military celebration, eventually becoming a holiday dedicated to men. The holiday has military roots and is known as Defender of the Fatherland Day. Russian families celebrate annually, each February 23rd, with parades that many men participate in. Russian families need to honor their father figures.
Celebrating Father’s Day in Canada
Father’s Day in Canada celebrates both biological and non-biological parents. With this in mind, many celebrations are centered around recognizing all of the paternal influences in a child’s life, including stepfathers, adoptive fathers, grandfathers, and other men who play an essential role in a child’s development. As a result, many Canadians wish happy Father’s Day to several male figures, friends, and family who are loving, affectionate, or influential.
Father’s Day is much more than a Hallmark holiday. It is a reminder of the important and sometimes overlooked role that dads play in their children’s lives. Moreover, it is a time to celebrate fathers everywhere. So, how can you celebrate your Dad this year? Look for creative and interesting ways to show your respect. However, it’s important to remember that the best give you can give your Dad is the gift of time.
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