Here in the United States of America, we celebrate and honor more than 64 million fathers each year on the third Sunday of June. This year, pay homage to the fathers and father figures in your life by teaching your children worldwide traditions surrounding Father’s Day celebrations.
It is rumored that a Babylon boy named Elmesu begin celebrating Father’s Day more than 4,000 years ago. Another theory states that Father’s Day originated from sun worship by the Pagans. We know for sure that countries all over the world have officially been celebrating Father’s Day for the last century.
In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated in conjunction with King Bhumibol Adulyade’s birthday on December 5. He is considered “The Father of the Nation” and held in high regard by the Thai people, who wear yellow on Father’s Day, which is the official color of Monday, the day of the week that the King was born. Thai children begin the day presenting their fathers with Canna flowers, considered to be masculine plants.
The German Father’s Day celebrations, also called Vatertag or Mannertag (Man’s Day), began as a religious procession in the Middle Ages. These days, though, a males-only hike takes place, with the men accompanied by men-powered wagons filled with regional beer, wine and food. Within city limits, German gentlemen attend beer garden parties on Father’s Day and drink all day, with their Father’s Day festivities taking place on a Thursday, about 40 days following Easter.
South African children present their fathers with similar gifts as children in the U.S.A., such as cards, flowers, neckties and other novelties. Families enjoy picnics and afternoon fishing excursions, spending the bulk of the day celebrating the role of fathers in the lives of their children.
Flowers are an integral portion of the Japanese Father’s Day tradition, during which children also present dads with Japanese candies or sweets, handmade beer glasses, seafood dinners, sandals, perfumes and the like.
How will you celebrate all of the fathers in your life this Sunday? Do you have your own special traditions? We hope you make this Father’s Day extraordinary!