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. 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. In the United States, Father's Day has been celebrated since the early 20th century.

History and traditions

Early history

A customary day for the celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe is known to date back to at least the Middle Ages, and it is observed on 19 March, as the feast day of Saint Joseph, who is referred to as the fatherly Nutritor Domini ("Nourisher of the Lord") in Catholicism and "the putative father of Jesus" in southern European tradition. This celebration was brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese, and in Latin America, Father's Day is still celebrated on 19 March. The Catholic church actively supported the custom of a celebration of fatherhood on St. Joseph's day from either the last years of the 14th century or from the early 15th century, apparently on the initiative of the Franciscans.

In the Coptic Church, the celebration of fatherhood is also observed on St Joseph's Day, but the Copts observe this celebration on July 20. This Coptic celebration may date back to the fifth century.

In the US


Father's Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.

Bangladeshi father with son and daughter

After Anna Jarvis' successful 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 in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested that her pastor Robert Thomas Webb honor all those fathers.[2][3][4][5]

Clayton's event did not have repercussions outside Fairmont for several reasons, among them: the city was overwhelmed by other events, the celebration was never promoted outside the town itself and no proclamation of it was made by 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 by the press and it was lost. Finally, Clayton was a quiet person, who never promoted the event and never talked to other persons about it.[3][4][5]

Failed attempts at establishing a Father's Day

In 1911, Jane Addams proposed that a city-wide Father's Day celebration be held in Chicago, but she was turned down.[6]

In 1912, there was a Father's Day celebration in Vancouver, Washington, suggested by Methodist pastor J. J. Berringer of the Irvington Methodist Church. They mistakenly believed that they had been the first to celebrate such a day.[1] They followed a 1911 suggestion by the Portland Oregonian.[6]

Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he had first come up with the idea for Father's Day in 1915.[1][6] Meek said that the third Sunday in June was chosen because it was his birthday.[6] The Lions Club has named him the "Originator of Father's Day".[1] Meek made many efforts to promote Father's Day and make it an official holiday.[1][6]

Establishment of the holiday

On June 19, 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd.[7][8] Her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.[7] She was also a member of Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church),[9] where she first proposed the idea. 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 to honor them.[7] 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 in June.[1][6] Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day, "sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city".[10]

However, in the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane.[11] In the 1930s, Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level.[12] 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 for fathers.[13] 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 holiday's commercial promotion.[14] 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.[15] However, the said merchants remained resilient and even incorporated these attacks into their advertisements.[16] By the mid-1980s, the Father's Day Council wrote, "(...) [Father's Day] has become a Second Christmas for all the men's gift-oriented industries."[17]

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.[18] In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak at a Father's Day celebration[19] and he wanted to make it an officially recognized federal holiday, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.[20] US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed throughout the entire nation, but he stopped short at issuing a national proclamation.[19] Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.[19][21] In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a Father's Day proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents".[21] In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.[20] Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.[19][20][21][22]

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


In the United States, Dodd used the "Fathers' Day" spelling on her original petition for the holiday,[7] 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,[18] and it was still spelled the same way when its creator was commended in 2008 by the U.S. Congress.[23]

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

In 2015 it was July 25. But it's not an official celebration day.

Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day[24])*

St Joseph's Day

March 19

  • Andorra (Dia del Pare)
  • Angola
  • Belgium (Antwerp)
  • Bolivia
  • Croatia[25]
  • Honduras[26]
  • Italy (Festa del papà)
  • Liechtenstein
  • Mozambique (Dia do Pai)
  • Portugal (Dia do Pai)
  • Spain (Día del Padre)
  • Switzerland (Canton Ticino)
May 8

Korea (Parents' Day)

Second Sunday in May

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

Romania[27] (Ziua Tatălui)

Third Sunday in May

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


Ascension Day

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


First Sunday in June

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

Lithuania (Tėvo diena)

June 5

Denmark[28] (also Constitution Day)

Second Sunday in June

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


Third Sunday in June

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

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina[29]
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • Chile[30]
  • China**
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica[31]
  • Cuba[32]
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico[33]
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama[34]
  • Paraguay
  • Peru[35]
  • Philippines[36]
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine[37]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe[38]

June 17

June 21

United Arab Emirates

June 22

Isle of Man

June 23

  • Nicaragua
  • Poland

Last Sunday in June

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


Second Sunday in July

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


Last Sunday in July

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

Dominican Republic

August 8


Second Sunday in August

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


Last Monday in August

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

South Sudan

First Sunday in September

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

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea

Second Sunday in September

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


First Sunday in October

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


Second Sunday in November

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

  • Estonia (Isadepäev)
  • Finland (Isänpäivä)
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Sweden

November 12


December 5

Thailand (The birthday of King Bhumibol)[42]

December 26


Hindu calendar
Definition Sample dates Country/territory

Bhadrapada Amavasya
(Gokarna Aunsi)

Between August 30 and September 30


Islamic calendar
Occurrence Sample dates Country/territory

13 Rajab

April 21, 2016


*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.
**In China during the Republican period prior to 1949, Father's Day on August 8 was first held in Shanghai in 1945.

International history and traditions


Father's Day in Argentina is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

There have been 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.[29] 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.[44]

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.[44]

In 2004, a proposal to change the date to August 24 were presented to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies as a single, unified project.


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


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 honouring 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 recognises fathers in the Father of the Year Award.[45]


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


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


In Brazil Father's Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) is celebrated three months after Mother's Day, on the second Sunday of August. Publicist Sylvio Bhering picked the day in honor of Saint Joachim, patron of fathers. While it is not an official holiday (see Public holidays in Brazil), it is widely observed and typically involves spending time with and giving gifts to one's father or father figure.


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.


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

Prior to the People's Republic, when the Republic of China (1912-1949) governed from Nanjing, Father's Day was celebrated on August 8. This was determined by the fact that the eighth (ba) day of the eighth (ba) month makes two "eights" (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.

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.[46] 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.[31] The official date is still the third Sunday of June.


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.


In Denmark, Father's Day is celebrated on June 5.[28] It coincides with Constitution Day.


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


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


In France lighter manufacturer "Flaminaire" introduced the idea of father's day first in 1949 for commercial reasons. Director "Marcel Quercia" wanted to sell their lighter in France. In 1950, they introduced "la Fête des Pères", which would take place every third Sunday of June (following the American example). Their slogan « Nos papas nous l'ont dit, pour la fête des pères, ils désirent tous un Flaminaire » (Our fathers told us, for father's day, they all want a Flaminaire). In 1952, the holiday was officially decreed. A national father's day comity was set up to give a prize for fathers that deserved it most (originally, candidates were nominated by the social services of each town hall's/mayor's office); This complements "la Fête des Mères" (Mother's day) which was made official in France in 1928 and added to the calendar in Vichy in 1941.


In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other parts of the world.[47] 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.[47] According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day.[48] The tradition of getting drunk is especially prevalent in Eastern Germany.[47]

These traditions are probably rooted in Christian Ascension Day's processions to the farmlands, which has been celebrated since the 18th century.[49][50] 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.[49] 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.[49] By the 20th century, alcohol consumption had become a major part of the tradition.[49][51] 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.


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 and 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 favourite activities .

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

Hong Kong

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


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


India traditionally has a two-week celebration since ancient days dedicated to celebrate ancestors called the Pitrupaksha. Father's Day is not celebrated in all of India. But is observed on the same day as the USA, the third Sunday of June by mostly westernized urban centers. The event is not a public holiday. The day is usually celebrated only in bigger cities of India like Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and others. After this day was first observed in the United States in 1908 and gradually gained popularity,[52] Indian metropolitan cities, much later, followed suit by recognising this event. In India, the day is usually celebrated with children giving gifts like greeting cards, electronics, gadgets, shirts, coffee mugs or books to their fathers.


In Indonesia, Father's Day is celebrated on November 12 and is not a public holiday. Father's Day in Indonesia was first declared in 2006 in Solo City Hall attended by hundreds of people from various community groups, including people from community of inter-religion communication. Because of its recent declaration, there is not very much hype about the celebration, compared to the celebration of Mother's Day in December 22.


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


In Israel, Father's Day is usually celebrated on May 1 together with Workers' Day or Labour Day.


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 was a public holiday until 1977.


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


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


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


In Latvia, Father's Day (Tēvu diena) is celebrated on the second Sunday of September and is not a public holiday. In Latvia people did not always 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 September 14 (second September Sunday) to promote the idea that man as the father must be satisfied and proud of his family and children, also, the 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 does not have established unique traditions, but people borrow ideas from other country's Father's Day traditions to congratulate fathers in Latvia.


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


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


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


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


The Mongolian Men's Association began the celebration of Father's Day on August 8 in 2005.


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[53] 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").[43][54] On the new moon day (Amavasya) it is traditional to pay respect to one's deceased father; Hindus go to the Shiva temple of Gokarneswor Mahadev, in Gokarna, a suburb of Kathmandu[55] 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 the Kathmandu Valley.[56]


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.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September and it is not a public holiday. Fathers' Day seems to have been first observed at St Matthew's Church, Auckland on 14 July 1929[57] and first appeared in commercial advertising the following year.[58] By 1931 other churches had adopted the day. In 1935 much of Australia moved to mark the day at the beginning of September[59] and New Zealand followed, with a Wellington advert in 1937,[60] a Christchurch Salvation Army service in 1938[61] and in Auckland from 1939.[62]


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


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 June 15, 2014) across Pakistan to promote active fatherhood and responsibility for the care and upbringing of children.[63][64] Father's Day is not a public holiday in Pakistan.


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.


In the Philippines, Father's Day is officially celebrated every first Monday of December, but it is not a public holiday.[65] It is more widely observed by the public on the 3rd Sunday of June perhaps due to American influence.


In Poland, Father's Day is celebrated on June 23 and is not a public holiday.


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

Roman Catholic tradition

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, commonly called the Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, though in certain countries Father's Day has become a secular celebration.[66] It is also common for Catholics to honor their "spiritual father," their parish priest, on Father's Day.[67]


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)[27] Romanian Father's day for 2012 was celebrated on May 13


Russia continues the Soviet Union's 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.[24]

American Samoa

In Samoa, Father's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in August, and as a recognised national holiday on the Monday following.


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


In Singapore, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June but is not a public holiday, to celebrate all fathers for their numerous contributions.


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

South Africa

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

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, Father's Day was not celebrated in South Sudan in 2011 due to the country's independence.


Father's Day, El Día del Padre, is observed on the feast day of Saint Joseph, which is March 19.[68] It is celebrated as a public holiday in some regions of Spain.[69]

Sri Lanka

Father's Day (In sinhala : Piyawarunge dhinaya, පියවරුන්ගේ දිනය & in Tamil: Thanthaiyar Thinam, தந்தையர் தினம்), is observed on the third Sunday of June. It is not a public holiday. Many schools keep special events to honor fathers.


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


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


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 the number eight is , and the pronunciation is very similar to the character "爸" "bà", which means "Pa" or "dad". The eighth day of the eighth month (bā-bā) is a pun for dad (爸爸 or "bàba"). The Taiwanese, therefore, sometimes refer to August 8 as "Bābā Holiday" as a pun for "Dad's Holiday" (爸爸節) or the more formal "Father's Day" (父親節).


In Thailand, the birthday of the king, is set as Father's Day.[42] 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.[42] Mother's Day is celebrated on the birthday of Queen Sirikit,[42] August 12.

Trinidad and Tobago

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


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

United Arab Emirates

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

United Kingdom

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

United States

In the United States 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 (if in session) and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts. The US Open golf tournament is scheduled to finish on Father's Day, as is the 2016 NBA Finals.


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


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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