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Father's Day Traditions Around The World

Father's Day Traditions Around The World

Happy Monday!

We had a jam packed weekend! In fact lately every day has been jam packed with so much to do as we get ready to start summer. 

Vacation plans, outdoor activities, birthday parties and everything in between has left me without any time for a mental moment.

So for the next few weeks I am going to be slowing down to 2 posts a week until we get summer going and get settled into our new routine!

With all the to-do lists happening I actually forgot that June was not only Marcelo's birthday month but also Father's Day. (gulp!)

Soon as I realized these 2 important days were coming up I started looking for great gifts for this great Dad.

When it comes down to it, the best gift we all get on special days is taking the time to spend them together.

So the gift we will give Marcelo this year....a new Father's Day Tradition!

But what to do? I found all these great Father's Day Traditions from around the world. I'm still trying to decide which we'll do. 

Take a look maybe your family can try one (or a combination) of these out to start a new tradition you'll love!


Father’s Day in Thailand falls on the same day as the birthday of King Bhumbibol Adulyade, who is considered the Father of the Nation. People wear yellow and present their dads with a canna flower which is considered to be a masculine flower. 

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On Dia del Padre, Dads get physical with a city-wide 21km race - Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan- taking place in Mexico City. Children honor their fathers by spending time doing dad’s favorite hobbies, gifting handwritten letters, or cooking meals. 

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BRAZIL (Marcelo's Place Of Birth)
Called Dia dos Pais, Father’s Day in Brazil is all about the meat. Families gather together for all-you-can-eat barbeques or churrascos either at home or at a Brazilian steakhouse, a churrascaria. YUM!

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Chichi No Hi or Father’s Day in Japan is in sense a true seafood feast. It's customary that families celebrate the dad of the hour by hosting a big seafood banquet for all to enjoy. Of course, after-dinner presents are part of the festivities. Children craft beer glasses for their fathers which come in rather handy as the meal is usually followed by custom beer bottles and bubbly champagne. 


How's your German? Vatertag and/or Männertag is German for Father's Day also translated as "Man's Day." While Father's Day is usually celebrated as a family-focused holiday the German dads tend to party with other dads. In Germany, Man's Day begins with a "guys only" hike where they pull a wagon full of food and spirits along the journey.

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Father’s Day is accompanied by a delectable indigenous dish feast of bobotie (a rich meat pie), biltong (salted, curated meat), and boerewors (grilled sausage). Families participate in street performances, games, sports tournaments, and concerts countrywide.



Children wake dad with homemade breakfast, and spend a family day enjoying dad’s favorite activities. Kids or spouses give a toast, or short speech about their beloved father figures.



Like its Spanish neighbor, Italy celebrates St. Joseph’s Day, or San Giuseppe. Festive celebrations include street parades, feasts of zeppole, frittelle, and bonfires with friends and family. In some parts of Italy, towns hold donkey races as a symbol of Joseph leading Mary to Bethlehem on a donkey.  

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Although Father’s Day is not an officially recognized holiday in Russia, many regions of the country organize events to celebrate. Dads in Moscow had a “Papa Fest,” while in St. Petersburg, other fathers held parades and get-togethers.  Events included video games, arts and crafts, 3D modeling, dancing, and sports tournaments, while many families also celebrated the day with games and activities held in public parks and town squares.

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The Nepalese celebration of Father's Day is called Gokarna Aunsi, which literally translates as 'cow earned no moon night.' Sons touch their foreheads to their father's feet and daughters touch their foreheads to their father's hands. Children also give gifts to their fathers.

Do you know of any Father's Day Traditions from another country? What's your favorite thing to do on Father's Day? We'd love to hear from you!


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