According to history, when Sonora Smart Dodd’s father passed away in 1909, she wanted to honour him for raising six children as a single parent. To say thank you, she chose to celebrate his love in June because that’s when his birthday was. Little did she know that 15 years later, in 1924, her initiative would lead American president Calvin Coolidge to proclaim the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
Today, countries around the world celebrate this holiday on different days. Spain, along with the majority of European countries celebrates on March 19, while Latin America follows the American tradition of the third Sunday in June. Though the dates and celebrations differ by country, what remains the same is the spirit of family.
In Spain, since the Catholic Church holds a significant influence, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on March 19. St. Joseph’s Day is a Roman Catholic feast holiday to commemorate the life of the patron saint of carpenters, Joseph, who set the example of fatherhood as the foster father of Jesus.
In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade who is very much beloved by the Thais. Tradition is that everyone wears yellow on Father’s Day, the official colour of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. Children begin the day by presenting their fathers with a Canna flower, which is considered to be a masculine plant.
In Japan, children give their fathers handmade beer glasses, Japanese candies or sweets, or sandals. Lunch or dinner usually involves crab, prawns, or other seafood.
Similar to a typical Father’s Day celebration in Canada, South African children present their fathers with gifts such as flowers, cards, and ties. People in South Africa often enjoy picnics on Father’s Day or spend the afternoon fishing in hopes of securing a catch for dinner.
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