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Father's Day

This article is about the celebration. For other uses, see Father's Day (disambiguation).
Father's Day
A father holding a necktie cookie
Observed by Many countries
Type Commercial, sometimes associated with religious Saint Joseph's Day
Significance Honors fathers and fatherhood
Date Varies per country
Frequency Annual
Related to Mother's Day, Parent's Day, Children's Day, Grandparent's Day

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.



File:Fathers day father with kid on lake.jpg
A father with his son by the lake

Father's Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

First observance

Grace Golden Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis' crusade to establish Mother's Day; two months prior, Jarvis had held a celebration for her dead mother in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) away from Fairmont.[citation needed]

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a "Father's Day" was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.[1] Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, on December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor all those fathers.[2][3][4][5]

Clayton's event did not have repercussions outside of Fairmont for several reasons, among them: the city was overwhelmed by other events, the celebration was never promoted outside of the town itself and no proclamation was made in the City Council. Also two events overshadowed this event: the celebration of Independence Day July 4, 1908, with 12,000 attendants and several shows including a hot air balloon event, which took over the headlines in the following days, and the death of a 16-year-old girl on July 4. The local church and Council were overwhelmed and they did not even think of promoting the event, and it was not celebrated again for many years. The original sermon was not reproduced in press and it was lost. Finally, Clayton was a quiet person, who never promoted the event or even talked to other persons about it.[3][4][5]

Establishment of holiday

In 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.[6] Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.[6][7] Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.[6] After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.[6] Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.[1][8] Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father's Day, "sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city."[9]

However, in the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane.[10] In the 1930s, Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level.[11] She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers.[12] By 1938 she had the help of the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion.[13] Americans resisted the holiday for its first few decades, viewing it as nothing more than an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes.[14] However, said merchants remained resilient and even incorporated these attacks into their advertisements.[15] By the mid-1980s, the Father's Council wrote that "(...) [Father's Day] has become a Second Christmas for all the men's gift-oriented industries."[16]

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.[17] In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration[18] and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.[19] US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.[18] Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.[18][20] In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents".[20] In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.[19] Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.[18][19][20][21]

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.

Failed attempts at establishing a Father's Day

In 1911, Jane Addams proposed a city-wide Father's Day in Chicago, but she was turned down.[8]

In 1912, there was a Father's Day celebration in Vancouver, Washington, suggested by Methodist pastor J. J. Berringer of the Irvingtom Methodist Church. They believed mistakenly that they had been the first to celebrate such a day.[1] They followed a 1911 suggestion by the Portland Oregonian.[8]

Harry C. Meek, member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he had first the idea for Father's Day in 1915.[1][8] Meek claimed that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday (it would have been more natural to choose his father's birthday).[8] The Lions Club has named him "Originator of Father's Day".[1] Meek made many efforts to promote Father's Day and make it an official holiday.[1][8]


In the United States, Dodd used the "Fathers' Day" spelling on her original petition for the holiday,[6] but the spelling "Father's Day" was already used in 1913 when a bill was introduced to the U.S. Congress as the first attempt to establish the holiday,[17] and it was still spelled the same way when its creator was commended in 2008 by the U.S. Congress.[22]

Dates around the world

The officially recognized date of Father's Day varies from country to country. This section lists some significant examples, in order of date of observance.

Gregorian calendar
Occurrence Dates Country

February 23

23x15px Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day[23])*

March 19

23x15px Andorra (Dia del Pare)
23x15px Belgium (Antwerp)
23x15px Mozambique (Dia do Pai)
23x15px Bolivia
Template:Country data Honduras[24]
23x15px Croatia[25]
23x15px Italy (Festa del papà)
23x16px  Switzerland (Canton Ticino)

23x15px Liechtenstein
23x15px Portugal (Dia do Pai)
23x15px Spain (Día del Padre)

May 8
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data South Korea (Parents' Day)

Second Sunday of May

May 10, 2015
May 8, 2016
May 14, 2017

23x15px Romania[26] (Ziua Tatălui)

Third Sunday of May

May 17, 2015
May 15, 2016
May 21, 2017

23x15px Tonga

Ascension Day

May 14, 2015
May 5, 2016
May 25, 2017

23x15px Germany

First Sunday of June

Jun 7, 2015
Jun 5, 2016
Jun 4, 2017

23x15px Lithuania (Tėvo diena)
23x16px  Switzerland

June 5

23x15px Denmark[27] (also Constitution Day)

Second Sunday of June

Jun 14, 2015
Jun 12, 2016
Jun 11, 2017

23x15px Austria
23x15px Belgium

Third Sunday of June

Jun 21, 2015
Jun 19, 2016
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 17, 2018

23x15px Afghanistan[citation needed]
23x15px Albania[citation needed]
23x15px Antigua and Barbuda
23x15px Argentina[28]
23x15px Aruba
23x15px Bahamas
23x15px Bahrain
23x15px Bangladesh
23x15px Barbados
23x15px Belize
23x15px Bermuda
23x15px Brunei Darussalam
23x15px Canada
23x15px Cambodia
23x15px Chile[29]
23x15px People's Republic of China**
23x15px Colombia
23x15px Costa Rica[30]

23x15px Cuba[31]
23x15px Curaçao
23x15px Cyprus
23x15px Czech Republic
23x15px Dominica
23x15px Ecuador
23x15px Ethiopia
23x15px France
23x15px Ghana
23x15px Greece
23x15px Guyana
Template:Country data Hong Kong
23x15px Hungary
Template:Country data India
23x15px Ireland
Template:Country data Jamaica
Template:Country data Japan
Template:Country data Kenya
23x15px Kosovo
Template:Country data Kuwait

23x15px Laos
23x15px Macau
23x15px Madagascar
23x15px Malaysia
23x15px Maldives
23x15px Malta
23x15px Mauritius
23x15px Mexico[32]
23x15px Mozambique
23x15px Myanmar
23x15px Namibia
23x15px Netherlands
23x15px Nigeria
23x15px Oman
23x15px Pakistan
23x15px Panama[33]
23x15px Paraguay
23x15px Peru[34]
23x15px Philippines[35]

23x15px Puerto Rico
23x15px Qatar
23x15px Saint Lucia
23x15px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
23x15px Saudi Arabia
23x15px Singapore
23x15px Slovakia
23x15px South Africa
23x15px Sri Lanka
23x15px Suriname
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago
23x15px Tunisia
23x15px Turkey
23x15px United Kingdom
23x15px United States
23x15px Venezuela
23x15px Vietnam
23x15px Zambia
23x15px Zimbabwe[36]

June 17

23x15px El Salvador[37]

23x15px Guatemala[38]

June 21

23x15px Lebanon[39]
23x15px Egypt
Template:Country data Jordan
23x15px Palestine
23x15px Syria
23x15px Uganda
23x15px United Arab Emirates

June 22

23x15px Guernsey
23x15px Isle of Man
23x15px Jersey

June 23

23x15px Nicaragua

23x15px Poland

Last Sunday of June

Jun 28, 2015
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 25, 2017

Template:Country data Haiti

Second Sunday of July

Jul 12, 2015
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 9, 2017

23x15px Uruguay

Last Sunday of July

Jul 26, 2015
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 30, 2017

23x15px Dominican Republic

August 8

23x15px Taiwan

Second Sunday of August

Aug 9, 2015
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 13, 2017

23x15px Brazil
23x15px Samoa

Last Monday of August

Aug 31, 2015
Aug 29, 2016
Aug 28, 2017

23x15px South Sudan

First Sunday of September

Sep 6, 2015
Sep 4, 2016
Sep 3, 2017

23x15px Australia
23x15px Fiji

23x15px New Zealand
23x15px Papua New Guinea

Second Sunday of September

Sep 13, 2015
Sep 11, 2016
Sep 10, 2017

23x15px Latvia

Third Sunday of September

Sep 20, 2015
Sep 18, 2016
Sep 17, 2017

23x15px Ukraine

First Sunday of October

Oct 4, 2015
Oct 2, 2016
Oct 1, 2017

23x15px Luxembourg

Second Sunday of November

Nov 8, 2015
Nov 13, 2016
Nov 12, 2017

23x15px Estonia (Isadepäev)
23x15px Finland (Isänpäivä)
Template:Country data Iceland

23x15px Norway
23x15px Sweden

November 12

Template:Country data Indonesia

December 5

23x15px Thailand (The birthday of King Bhumibol)[40]

December 26

23x15px Bulgaria

Hindu calendar
Definition Sample dates Country/Territory

Bhadrapada Amavasya
(Gokarna Aunsi)

Between 30 August and 30 September

File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal[41]

Islamic calendar
Occurrence Sample dates Country/Territory

13 Rajab

April 21, 2016

Template:Country data Iran
23x15px Somalia
23x15px Sudan
23x15px Mauritania

*Officially, as the name suggests, the holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both men and women). But the congratulations are traditionally, nationally accepted by all fathers, other adult men and male children as well.[citation needed]
**In China during Republican period prior to 1949, Father's Day on August 8 was first held in Shanghai in 1945.

International history and traditions

In a few Catholic countries, it is celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph, and in western European countries, though the name often is changed.[citation needed]

23x15px Argentina

Father's Day in Argentina is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but there have been several attempts to change the date to August 24, to commemorate the day on which the "Father of the Nation" José de San Martín became a father.[28]

In 1953, the proposal to celebrate Father's Day in all educational establishments on August 24, in honor of José de San Martín, was raised to the General Direction of Schools of Mendoza Province. The day was celebrated for the first time in 1958, on the third Sunday of June, but it was not included in the school calendars due to pressure from several groups.[42]

Schools in the Mendoza Province continued to celebrate Father's Day on August 24, and, in 1982, the Provincial Governor passed a law declaring Father's Day in the province to be celebrated on that day.[42]

In 2004, several proposals to change the date to August 24 were presented to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies as a single, unified project.[42] After being approved, the project was passed to the Senate of Argentina for final review and approval. The Senate changed the proposed new date to the third Sunday of August, and scheduled the project for approval. However, the project was never addressed during the Senate's planned session, which caused its ultimate failure.[43]

23x15px Aruba

In Aruba, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Australia

In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September, which is the first Sunday of Spring in Australia, and is not a public holiday.

YMCA Victoria continues the tradition of honoring the role fathers, and father figures play in parenting through the annual awarding of Local Community Father of the Year in 32 municipalities in Victoria. The Father's Day Council of Victoria annually recognize fathers in the Father of the Year Award.[44]

23x15px Austria

In Austria, Father's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of June and it is not a public holiday.

23x15px Belgium

In Belgium, Father's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of June and it is not a public holiday.

23x15px Brazil

In Brazil Father's Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) celebrated 3 months after Mother's Day, on the second Sunday of August. A publicist Sylvio Bhering in the mid-1950s selected the date in honor of Saint Joachim, patriarch of family (as well as the Catholic day of godfathers). It is not an official holiday (see Public holidays in Brazil), but it is widely observed and typically involves spending time with and giving gifts to one's father.

23x15px Canada

In Canada, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. Father's Day typically involves spending time with one's father or the father figures in one's life. Small family gatherings and the giving of gifts may be part of the festivities organized for Father's Day.

23x15px People's Republic of China

In People's Republic of China, the official Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. This date was set according to international norms.

Prior to the People's Republic; however, Father's Day was celebrated on August 8 when the Republic of China governed from Beijing. This is determined by the fact that the Eighth(ba) day of the Eighth(ba) month makes two "eight"s (八八, ba-ba), which sounds similar to the colloquial word for "daddy" (ba-ba,爸爸). It is still celebrated on this date in areas still under the control of the Republic of China including in Taiwan.

23x15px Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, the Unidad Social Cristiana party presented a bill to change the celebration of Father's Day from the third Sunday of June to March 19, the day of Saint Joseph.[45] That was in order to give tribute to this saint, who gave his name to the capital of the country San José, Costa Rica, and so family heads will be able to celebrate the Father's Day at the same time as the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.[30] The official date is still the third Sunday of June.

23x15px Croatia

In Croatia, according to the Roman Catholic tradition, fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day ("Dan svetog Josipa"), March 19. It is not a public holiday.

23x15px Denmark

In Denmark, Father's Day is celebrated on June 5.[27] It coincides with Constitution Day.

23x15px Estonia

In Estonia, Father's day ("Isadepäev"), is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. It's an established Flag day and a National Holiday.

23x15px Finland

In Finland, Father's Day (Isänpäivä) is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. It's an established Flag day.

23x15px Germany

File:Hiking tour on father's day.JPG
Hiking/drinking tour on Herrentag

In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other parts of the world.[46] It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called men's day, Männertag, or gentlemen's day, Herrentag. It is tradition for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, Bollerwagen, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food, Hausmannskost. Many men use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk.[46] According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day.[47] The tradition of getting drunk is especially prevalent in Eastern Germany.[46]

These traditions are probably rooted in Christian Ascension Day's processions to the farmlands, which has been celebrated since the 18th century.[48][49] Men would be seated in a wooden cart and carried to the village's plaza, and the mayor would award a prize to the father who had the most children, usually a big piece of ham.[48] In the late 19th century the religious component was progressively lost, especially in urban areas such as Berlin, and groups of men organized walking excursions with beer and ham.[48] By the 20th century, alcohol consumption had become a major part of the tradition.[48][50] Many people will take the following Friday off at work, and some schools are closed on that Friday as well; many people then use the resulting four-day-long weekend for a short vacation.

23x15px Italy

In Italy, according to the Roman Catholic tradition, fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, commonly called Feast of Saint Joseph ("Festa di San Giuseppe"), March 19. It is not a public holiday.

Template:Country data Haiti

In Haiti, Father's Day (Fête des peres) is celebrated on the last Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. Fathers are recognized & celebrated on this day with cards, gifts, breakfast, lunch brunch or early Sunday dinner; whether enjoying the day at the beach or mountains, spending family time or doing activities that make Dad happiest, it's all about Dad.

Children exclaim "Bonne Fête Papa!", while everyone wishes all fathers "Bonne fête des Pères". (Happy Father's Day)

Template:Country data Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. (Sunday in Hong Kong is a public holiday)

23x15px Hungary

In Hungary, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

Template:Country data India

There is 15 day remembrance of all ancestors called Pitru Paksha (Fortnight for Ancestors). There is also a remembrance day for deceased father (death anniversary for both mother and father). Father's Day is not a public holiday in India. In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally masculine gifts such as electronics and tools on third Sunday of June. Which is probably an imitation of the USA. Some schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts in some large cities.

Template:Country data Indonesia

In Indonesia, Father's Day is celebrated on 12 November[citation needed]

23x15px Ireland

In Ireland, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

Template:Country data Iran

Father's day in Iran is celebrated on the 13th Rajab, which is Imam Ali's birthday. Imam Ali is the first Shia Imam. This day is also an occasion to celebrate Manhood.

Template:Country data Israel

In Israel, Father's day is called "Yom ha-av" and is usually celebrated on May 1 together with Workers' Day or Labour Day.

Template:Country data Japan

In Japan, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

Template:Country data Kenya

In Kenya, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Korea

In Korea, Parents' day is celebrated on 8 May and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Latvia

In Latvia, Father's Day (Tēvu diena) is celebrated on the second Sunday of September and is not a public holiday. In Latvia people didn't celebrate this day because of the USSR's influence with its own holidays. This day in Latvia was 'officially born' in 2008 when it was celebrated and marked in the calendar for the first time on 14 September(Second September Sunday) to promote the idea that man as the father must be satisfied and proud of his family and children, also, father is important to gratitude and loving words from his family for devoted to continuous altruistic concerns. Because this day is new to the country it doesn't have established any unique tradition, but people borrow ideas from other country's father's day traditions to congratulate fathers in Latvia.

23x15px Lithuania

In Lithuania, Father's Day (Tėvo diena) is celebrated on the first Sunday of June and is a public holiday.

23x15px Macau

In Macau, Father's Day (Dia do Pai) is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Malaysia

In Malaysia, Father's Day falls on the third Sunday of June.

23x15px Mexico

In Mexico, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Seychelles

In Seychelles, Father's Day is celebrated on the 16th of June and is not a public holiday.

File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal

Main article: Gokarna Aunsi

The Newar population (natives of Kathmandu valley) in Nepal honors fathers on the day of Gokarna Aunsi, which occurs in late August or early September, depending on the year, since it depends on the lunar calendar. The Western-inspired celebration of Father's Day that was imported into the country is always celebrated on the same day as Gokarna Aunsi.

The rest of the population has also begun to celebrate the Gokarna Aunsi day[51] It is commonly known as Abu ya Khwa Swoyegu in Nepal Bhasa or Buwaako mukh herne din (बुवाको मुख हेर्ने दिन) in Nepali (literally "day for looking at father’s face").[41][52] On the new moon day (Amavasya) it is traditional to pay respect to your deceased father; Hindus go to the Shiva temple of Gokarneswor Mahadev, in Gokarna, a suburb of Kathmandu[53] while Buddhists go to Jan Bahal (Seto Machhendranath or white Tara) temple in Kathmandu.

Traditionally, in the Kathmandu Valley, the South-Western corner is reserved for women and women-related rituals, and the North-Eastern is for men and men-related rituals. The worship place for Mata Tirtha Aunsi ("Mother Pilgrimage New Moon") is located in Mata Tirtha in the South-Western half of the valley, while the worship place for Gokarna Aunsi is located in the North-Eastern half. This division is reflected in many aspects of the life in Kathmandu valley.[54]

23x15px Netherlands

In the Netherlands, Father's Day (Vaderdag) is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. Traditionally, as on Mother's Day, fathers get breakfast in bed made by their children and families gather together and have dinner, usually at the grandparents’ house. In recent years, families also started having dinner out, and as on Mother's Day, it is one of the busiest days for restaurants. At school, children handcraft their present for their fathers. Consumer goods companies have all sorts of special offers for fathers: socks, ties, electronics, suits, and men's healthcare products.

23x15px New Zealand

In New Zealand, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Norway

In Norway, Father's day (Farsdag), is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. It is not a public holiday.

23x15px Pakistan

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The Rutgers WPF launched a campaign titled ‘Greening Pakistan-Promoting Responsible Fatherhood’ on Father’s Day (Sunday 15, 2014) across Pakistan to promote active fatherhood and responsibility for the care and upbringing of children.[55][56] Father's Day is not a public holiday in Pakistan.

23x15px Peru

In Peru, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. People usually give a present to their fathers and spend time with him mostly during a family meal.

23x15px Philippines

In the Philippines, Father's Day is officially celebrated every first Monday of December, together with Mother's Day, but it is not a public holiday.[57] It is more widely observed by the public on the 3rd Sunday of June perhaps due to American influence.

23x15px Poland

In Poland, Father's Day is celebrated on June 23.

23x15px Portugal

Father's Day is celebrated on March 19 (see Roman Catholic tradition below) in Portugal. Father's Day is not a bank holiday.

35px Roman Catholic tradition

Father's Day luncheon held at the Pacific Views Event Center, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, commonly called Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, though in certain countries Father's Day has become a secular celebration.[58] It is also common for Catholics to honor their "spiritual father," their parish priest, on Father's Day.[59]

23x15px Romania

Beginning with 2010, in Romania, Father's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May and it is recognized officially by the state. Out of the 27 states in the European Union, it was the only one without an official Father's Day. Law 319/2009 made both Mother's Day and Father's Day official in Romania, and it was passed thanks to the campaigning from the Alliance Fighting Discrimination Against Fathers (TATA)[26] Romanian Father's day for 2012 was celebrated on May 13.

23x15px Russia

Russia continues the Soviet Union tradition of celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day instead of Father's Day. It is usually called "Men's Day" and it is considered the Russian equivalent of Father's Day.[23]

23x15px Singapore

In Singapore, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June but is not a public holiday.

23x15px South Africa

In South Africa, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

23x15px South Sudan

In South Sudan, Father's Day is celebrated on the last Monday of August. The president Salva Kiir Mayardit proclaimed it before August 27, 2012. First celebrated on August 27, 2012. No Father's Day in South Sudan in 2011 due to independence.

23x15px Spain

Father's Day, El Día del Padre, is observed on the Feast day of Saint Joseph, which is March 19.[60] It is celebrated as a public holiday in some regions of Spain.[61]

23x15px Sudan

In Sudan, Father's Day (عيد الأب), is celebrated on the twenty first of June.

23x15px Sweden

In Sweden, Father's day (Fars dag), is celebrated on the second Sunday of November, but is not a public holiday.

23x15px Taiwan

In Taiwan, Father's Day is not an official holiday, but is widely observed on August 8, the eighth day of the eighth month of the year. In Mandarin Chinese, the pronunciation of both the number 8 and the month of August is . This pronunciation is very similar to the character "爸" "bà", which means "Pa" or "father". The Taiwanese, therefore, sometimes refer to August 8 as "Bābā Holiday" (爸爸節)or" (父親節).

23x15px Thailand

In Thailand, Birthday of the king, is set as Father's Day.[40] December 5 is the birthday of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Traditionally, Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather a Canna flower (ดอกพุทธรักษา Dok Buddha Ruksa), which is considered a masculine flower; however, this is not as commonly practiced today. Thai people will wear yellow on this day to show respect for the king, because yellow is the Color of the day for Monday, the day King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born. Thais flood the Sanam Luang, a massive park in front of the palace, to watch the king give his annual speech, and often stay until the evening, when there is a national ceremony. Thais will light candles and show respect to the king by declaring their faith. This ceremony happens in almost every village in Thailand, and even overseas at Thai organizations.

It first gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s as part of a campaign by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda to promote Thailand's royal family.[40] Mother's Day is celebrated on the birthday of Queen Sirikit,[40] August 12.

23x15px Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px Turkey

In Turkey, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and is not a public holiday.

23x15px United Arab Emirates

In United Arab Emirates, Father's Day is celebrated on June 21, generally coinciding with Midsummer's day.

23x15px United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, Father's Day, celebrated on the third Sunday of June, is not a public holiday.

23x15px United States

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Father's Day at a Philadelphia Phillies game

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Typically, families gather to celebrate the father figures in their lives. In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally masculine gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.

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In Ukraine, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in September.

23x15px Venezuela

In Venezuela, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. Traditionally, as on Mother's Day, families gather together and have lunch, usually at the grandparents’ house. In recent years, families also started having lunch out, and as on Mother’s Day, it is one of the busiest days for restaurants. At school, children handcraft their present for their fathers. Consumer goods companies have all sorts of special offers for fathers: electronics, suits, and men's healthcare products.

See also


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