Father’s Day Around the World

Father’s Day Around the World: With Father’s Day fast approaching in Canada, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at how other countries celebrate this same holiday.

Russia  

Every place around the world has its own culture, so it’s no surprise to find that there are many variations on what we call Father’s Day. In Russia for example, the origins of this holiday were a military celebration. Gradually that idea began to evolve. Today, Russian men receive gifts from the women in their lives in a similar holiday held in February.

Thailand

These industrious people are able to fold several different holidays into one celebration that mirrors Father’s Day here. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is considered one of the forefathers of the nation and his birth is celebrated in conjunction with the Thai Father’s Day.

It’s a lot easier to shop for your father if you live in that country than in Canada. The reason is simple. People in Thailand give both their grandfathers and fathers the Canna flower on that special day.

Germany

The Germans have always been a robust people who love the outdoors. That’s why it’s no surprise to find that hiking is a big activity on Father’s Day in that country.

France

The origins of the French Father’s Day have a story that’s more in line with what we would understand here in North America. The first Father’s Day in that European country was designed to sell lighters to fathers who smoked.

The French like to keep the tradition of Father’s Day and have up until the present time. However, they don’t give lighters anymore but other gifts that are more appropriate in our healthier world.

 

Here’s a final fact that you might not know. Our Canadian Father’s Day is actually an import from the version that was created in the United States

Don’t forget to give Dad a Father’s Day gift on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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