5 Father’s Day Traditions from Around the World

Father’s Day is coming up soon, and here in the United States we are getting ready to honor Dad.  A typical Father’s day celebration in the United States can include a gift for Dad, a special dinner or dessert, a Father’s Day card, and hopefully a hug or two for dear old Dad.  Have you ever wondered how Father’s day is celebrated in other countries around the world?  Below are some traditions you may find interesting.  Who knows, maybe this Father’s Day, you can incorporate one of these ideas into your Father’s Day celebrations.

Father's Day Traditions vary around the world.
Father’s Day Traditions vary around the world.

Germany: Father’s Day in Germany is called Vatertag (Man’s Day). The tradition began in the Middle Ages as a religious procession. In modern days the day begins with a male’s only hike where the men pull wagons filled with regional food and drink.

Japan: In Japan, children give their fathers flowers, handmade beer glasses, origami, special sweets, and gifts. A typical Father’s Day dinner is a special dish made of crab, prawns or other seafood.

Brazil: In Brazil, Father’s Day is celebrated with a huge barbeque. Families get together for an all-you-can-eat feast either at home or at a Brazilian Steakhouse.

Russia: In Russia, Father’s Day is celebrated more as a tribute to all men. It has evolved from a military commemoration and therefore still has a strong military overtone. Defender of the Fatherland Day, as it is known, is commemorated by a parade honoring the Russian Armed Forces. Men typically receive gifts from the women they are close to.

Thailand: In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On this day the King gives a speech and the Thai people honor their fathers and grandfathers with the Canna flower.


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