Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages.
This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June.
It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents’ Day.
The different ways to celebrate the feast of the fathers:
Father’s Day is an annual celebration celebrated in honor of fathers in many countries. On this occasion, children offer gifts to their father, cakes, flowers or objects they made at school or at home. This holiday is also celebrated by adults of all ages to honor their father.
The date of Father’s Day varies from one country to another, but the majority of them chose to celebrate it in June:
- In Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September; it is not a bank holiday.
- In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June; It is not a bank holiday.
- In the United States, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The first celebration took place in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.
- In South Africa, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. It is not a bank holiday.
- In Ireland, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and It is not a bank holiday.
- In the United Kingdom Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The day does not have a long tradition; The English Year (2006) states that it entered British popular culture « sometime after the Second World War, not without opposition.
For France, the USA, the UK, South Africa, Canada, we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, while for Australia we celebrate it on the first Sunday in September of each year.