Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fathers and their roles in families and society. It is celebrated all over the world, but not all countries celebrate it on the same day. In several European countries like Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland it is celebrated on March 19 every year. Yet in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papa New Guinea, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. However, the most common date to celebrate Father’s Day is the third Sunday of June. People in about 70 different countries honor their fathers on this date.

In many countries fathers receive cards and gifts from their children. Some children make gifts at school while others buy them. However, in some countries, Father’s Day is celebrated in a very different way. In Germany, it is known as Herrentag – which translates as Gentlemen’s Day or Men’s Day. This celebration started in the 18th century. Traditionally, men would get into a cart and be taken to the village or town square. The man who had fathered the most children would get a prize. These days many men celebrate this day by drinking beer or other alcoholic drinks with their friends. Of course, not all men get drunk. Many simply get together with friends or even go on a trip together.



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