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11 Father's Day traditions from around the world

11 Father's Day traditions from around the world

With June just around the corner, we're thinking about all things Dad! For most of us, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June (that's 20th June this year, in case you haven't made a note in your diary already).

Exchanging Father's Day gifts, spending time as a family and enjoying the outdoors are all common traditions, but many countries also have their own unique customs.

Read on for 11 Father's Day traditions from around the world. Or start a tradition of your very own with a personalised mug.

How is Father's Day celebrated around the world?


Dads are celebrated Down Under on the first day of spring. Being in the Southern hemisphere, this means it falls on the first Sunday in September. As well as traditional activities like exchanging gifts, no Australian Father’s Day would be complete without a family barbecue.


Following Roman Catholic tradition, Croatian dads are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day on March 19. As well as showering fathers with attention, it's also common for Crotian families to honour "spiritual fathers" (priests).


Celebrated on the third Sunday in June, La Fete Des Pères was first introduced in 1950 by a lighter manufacturer, Flaminaire. Their slogan translated to “Our daddies told us they all want a Flaminaire for Father’s Day.”


Germans celebrate Vatertag on the fortieth day after Easter, also known as Ascension Day. Celebrations include a four-day weekend filled with family, outdoor activities, Father’s Day gifts, and plenty of beer.


Día del Padre falls on the third Sunday in June. As well as time-honoured traditions, Mexican dads also have a slightly more unusual Father's Day custom. A city-wide race, Carrera del Día del Padre, takes place in Mexico City each year.


Celebrated on the 23rd February, Defender of the Fatherland Day traces its origins to the Soviet Union. Although officially a celebration of the armed forces, today it has become an unofficial celebration of men as a whole. The holiday is celebrated with parades and gifts.

Sweden, Norway and Iceland

Fars Dag was originally celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In 1949, the local merchants’ union lobbied to move the celebration to the second Sunday in November to encourage sales before the busy Christmas period.


Although not an official holiday, it is widely observed on 8th August. In Mandarin Chinese, the pronunciation of the number eight is , very similar to the character (), which means "dad". The eighth day of the eighth month (bā-bā) is a pun for dad (爸爸; bàba). The Taiwanese, therefore, sometimes refer to the holiday as Bābā Holiday.


Thais celebrate Father's Day on 5th December, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade, considered ‘The Father of the Nation’. Tradition holds that everyone wears yellow and children start the day off by presenting their fathers with a Canna flower, which is considered to be a masculine plant.

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