Father’s Day Traditions From Around the World

Well, Mother’s day is here and gone and now we can start thinking about what to do for those dads in our lives! Are you wondering what do to for Father’s Day? Want to send Father’s Day wishes to awesome dads near and far but can’t find the perfect quote about dads or the best color tie?  Well, maybe checking out these Father’s Day traditions from around the world will help inspire you! Family traditions are important for many reasons.  Find a few to start this Father’s Day!

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Father's Day Traditions from Around the World

Dads Deserve an Awesome Father’s Day!

My husband is an awesome dad.  He is stern when he needs to be, a good role model, and tons of fun. If it weren’t for him, I would still be tying my kid’s shoes for them because I just do not have the patience to teach them such a thing! Our Father’s Day traditions are simple, however, he is worth every moment we put into them. 

When Father’s Day rolls around I pamper him a little bit and let him know how much the kids and I appreciate him. What kinds of things does a dad do? He opens jars that are stuck and reaches shelves that are too high. He finds things that are lost, which gets us out of the house on time. Dad mows the grass when it is 100 degrees and fixes things that are broken.  He throws kids willy nilly through the air in the pool, roughhouses with the dog, and soooo much more! As a result of this guy, I am a better mom.  And for that, I need to thank him.  

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On Father’s Day I like to get up early and make his coffee. I let him watch as much sports on TV as he wants without complaint and cook him his favorite meal of lasagna even though I HATE making it. Then, I top it off with his favorite desert, the No Bake Turtle Pie. Sometimes we go on a family walk or just spend time playing a board game.

Father’s Day is about food, fun, and family…all the things that make my husband happy!  But how is Father’s Day celebrated around the world?  What Father’s Day traditions are in your family’s cultural background?

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Father’s Day Traditions From Around The World

How do people celebrate Father’s Day in Italy?  Are you looking for creative things to do for Father’s Day in the UK?  Around the world, dads are celebrated with different foods, gifts, and traditions.  Here are a few Father’s Day traditions you might consider this year:

  • Thailand:  Father’s Day in Thailand is celebrated on December 5th, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  People wear pink (he was once spotted in a pink blazer) and give Canna Lilies to fathers and grandfathers.  
  • Russia:  All men are celebrated in Russia  on Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is Feb. 23.  It started as a military commemoration. There are often parades and women give important men in their lives gifts.  
  • Germany:  Father’s Day, or Vatertag, is a federal holiday and celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, which is Ascension Day.  Traditionally, men in Germany celebrate by pulling wagons loaded with beer and liquor into the woods. Nowadays, instead of hiking and drinking, some men celebrate by going on bar crawls. This is one Father’s Day tradition my husband would love!
  • Mexico: There is an annual 21K Father’s Day race, Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan, each year on the third Sunday in June. Parties and gifts for dads are also popular Father’s Day traditions in Mexico.
  • Italy:  Traditionally, Father’s Day in Italy involves going to church, and children make cards and gifts for dads and grandfathers. 

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When Is International Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. Fathers (and all male father figures, regardless of biology!) deserve a day of recognition!  Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.

How do you celebrate Father’s Day?

There are so many ways to celebrate Father’s Day that are simple, yet memorable!  Try a few of these Father’s Day ideas this year:

  • Let him sleep in.  Or, let him get up early and go for a run.  Whatever makes him happy!
  • Ask him what he wants to do. In other words, make this day what HE wants it to be. 
  • Make the day joyful.  Try not to push those items on the ‘honey do’ list on Father’s Day.
  • Is your dad far away? Talk with your dad on the phone
  • Make it a family event. Invite friends and family over for a summer BBQ!
  • Make a photo slideshow. Show him all those special family moments from years gone by. 
  • Create a homemade gift.  Make DIY beard oil for the guy with some facial hair! 

Make a few new Father’s Day traditions for your own family.  Go on a nature hike.  Wake him up with some homemade cinnamon rolls.  In addition to baked goods,  have kids make him a homemade card.  Of course, there are many great ways to thank a dad for his love and hard work!  Find what is meaningful and memorable in your own family. 

What kind of Father’s Day traditions do YOU have planned?

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