Most countries celebrate Father’s Day, but the way some countries celebrate differs from the way America celebrates. Each of these countries have different motivations as to why they celebrate Father’s Day.
In Brazil and Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated in support of important people from their countries. Father’s Day in Brazil occurs every second Sunday of August to honor St. Joachim, the father of Mary. In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday.
In Australia, they celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday of spring, whereas Canada celebrates Father’s Day unofficially on the third Sunday in June… The United States should feel honored to have a carbon copy of a holiday up north.
In Russia, Father’s Day started as a military commemoration but has since become an unofficial tribute to all men. Germany celebrates the day on the 40th day of Easter, organizing hikes and other gatherings to enjoy the day. They also make sure there is a good supply of food and booze.
In Mexico, they celebrate the day by having festivities, giving gifts to the Dads and celebrating with plenty of food and music. Some people also participate in an annual 21 kilometer race held on Father’s Day.
In India, while it is not celebrated by everyone, Father’s Day is celebrated much like in the United States, where Dads get gifts like stories from My FrontPage Story. It is a day where the children get to celebrate their Fathers and bombard them with hugs and kisses.
It is very intriguing how a holiday we are so used to celebrating one way in the United States is celebrated many different ways at many different times of the year in so many other countries. The important thing, though, is the reason behind the holiday… to celebrate dads and father figures!
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