Father’s Day Around the World

By Valentina Attanasio, BT Managing Editor

Father’s Day is a very special occasion
for children to honor the love and care that their fathers provide. Celebrated worldwide, it’s also a day that reminds us of the invaluable contribution that fathers and father figures make to their families and to society.

Father’s Day is celebrated on different dates, according to each country’s tradition. In Catholic Europe, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19 every year, on St. Joseph’s Day — in honor of Joseph of Nazareth, father of Jesus. This tradition was brought to Latin America by the Spanish and Portuguese who still celebrate this holiday on March 19. Many countries in Europe and America have since moved toward using the U.S. date of the third Sunday in June, although in a large portion of the world the holiday is still celebrated in March or May.

A special thanks to these amazing fathers!
Photo credits: Marcella, Andrea, Simone, Estella, Amy F., Paola, RuthAnna, Shilpi.

Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, people dedicate this day to going out with family and spending time together. Traditionally, people in the U.S. also pay tribute to grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, uncles or other father figures.

In India, Father’s Day is a fairly new celebration. The idea of celebrating Father’s Day there was imported from western countries, mainly the US. People in India celebrate on the third Sunday in June, with many cultural activities designed to inspire children to take care of their fathers.

A special thanks to these amazing fathers!
Photo credits: Nancy, Amy F., Daniele, Marcella, Amy S., Massimiliano, Michela.

Russia, Father’s Day overlaps with their Defender of the Fatherland Day. So, while fathers are honored by their families, many fathers also march in military parades in their hometown on the same day.

Check out the list below to find out when Father’s Day 2020 is celebrated in other countries! And if you can’t find your country’s listing here, please let us know! Send an email to us at editorbt@llli.org. We’ll be happy to add it!



Andorra Thu, Mar 19
Argentina Sun, Jun 21
Australia Sun, Sep 6
Austria Sun, Jun 14
Belgium Sun, Jun 14
Bolivia Thu, Mar 19
Brazil Sun, Aug 9
Canada Sun, Jun 21
Chile Sun, Jun 21
China Sun, Jun 21
Colombia Sun, Jun 21
Denmark Fri, Jun 5
Dominican Republic Sun, Jul 26
Egypt Sun, Jun 21
El Salvador Wed, Jun 17
Estonia Sun, Nov 8
France Sun, Jun 21
Fiji Sun, Sep 6
Finland Sun, Nov 8
Germany Thu, May 21
Guatemala Wed, Jun 17
Guernsey Sun, Jun 21
Haiti Sun, Jun
Honduras Thu, Mar 19
Hungary Sun, Jun 21
Iceland Sun, Nov 8
India Sun, Jun 21
Ireland Sun, Jun 21
Isle of Man Sun, Jun 21
Italy Thu, Mar 19
Japan Sun, Jun 21
Jersey Sun, Jun 21
Latvia Sun, Sep 13
Lebanon Sun, Jun 21
Liechtenstein Thu, Mar 19
Lithuania Sun, Jun 7
Luxembourg Sun, Oct 4
Malaysia Sun, Jun 21
Malta Sun, Jun 21
Mexico Sun, Jun 21
Netherlands Sun, Jun 21
New Guinea Sun, Sep 6
New Zealand Sun, Sep 6
Nicaragua Tue, Jun 23
Norway Sun, Nov 8
Poland Tue, Jun 23
Portugal Thu, Mar 19
Puerto Rico Sun, Jun 21
Romania Sun, May 10
Russia Sun, Feb 23
Samoa Sun, Aug 9
Spain Sun, Jun 21
Sweden Thu, Mar 19
Switzerland Sun, Nov 8
Syria Sun, Jun 7
Taiwan Sat, Aug 8
Thailand Sat, Dec 5
Togo Sun, May 17
Uganda Sun, Jun 21
United Kingdom Sun, Jun 21
United States of America Sun, Jun 21
Venezuela Sun, Jun 21



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