Father’s Day, a Celebration Around the World
Father’s Day in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada falls on the third Sunday in June. The first Father’s Day celebration was in 1910 in Spokane, Washington but it didn’t become an official holiday until 1972. Father’s Day is celebrated around the world and varies from country to country.
Father’s Day celebrations in the United States inspired the custom in other countries around the world. Since Father’s Day is on a Sunday, public offices are closed but businesses are open, the only place in the world it is a government holiday is Thailand because it falls on the same day as the Kings birthday which is December 5th.
Father’s Day celebrations vary from country to country, in Australia and New Zealand it is on the first Sunday in September. In Brazil it’s on the second Sunday in August. Other countries like India, South Africa, Ireland, France, Netherlands and Japan celebrate Father’s Day on the same day as the United States, the third Sunday in June. Denmark, Norway and Finland celebrated the second Sunday in November.
No matter the date of the celebration, here’s a Happy Father’s Day wish to all around the world!