Father’s Day Around the World

The first father’s day was said to be celebrated on June 19, 1910 at Spokane, Washington after Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of paying tribute to her father while listening to a mother’s day sermon at church. Sonora’s dad was a widower who raised six kids all by himself.

Another account was that the first father’s day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908 after Grace Clayton suggested to the Local Methodist Church minister to hold services to honor fathers after a deadly mine explosion claimed 361 men.  Few years after, many countries followed suit, celebrating Father’s day on the 3rd Sunday of June.

However, there are countries that commemorate father’s day on different day and in different ways such as the following:


On the 40th day of Easter, the Ascension Day, Germans observe fathers’ day through organizing family hikes and picnics, making sure dad’s favorite food and drink are present.


Mexicans share a unique bonding experience by spending their El Dia del Padre (father’s day) through walking or running the 21-kilometer race in Mexico City, the “Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan”. Kids also do their dad’s favorite hobbies, cooking meals or writing letters as their way of honoring their padre.


The idea of celebrating Father’s Day in Spain is connected to the honoring Saint Joseph whose fatherhood served as an example for the many. Spanish celebrate it on March 19 where children waking their dads with homemade breakfast and spouses giving speech about their beloved other halves.  


During the Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23, Russians parade to celebrate their armed forces. Men can expect to receive any small gifts from the women in their lives.

South Africa

Their celebration is highlighted by a sumptuous local dish feast of a rich meat pie (bobotie), salted, curated meat (biltong), and grilled sausage (boerewors). South Africans families take part in games, tournaments and street performances.


Just like France, Italy marks father’s day on St. Joseph’s Day on March 19. Some towns hold donkey races, symbolizing Joseph leading Mary to Bethlehem. Festivities include street parades, bonfires and food such as zeppole, an Italian pastry.

Wherever parts of the world you’re from, Platypus wants to greet all great dads a Happy Father’s Day. Continue to be your family’s hero!


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