Father’s Days Around the World

Culled from a surf of the Internet, some fun facts, trivia, and items of interest on Father’s Day. First of all, Father’s Day isn’t celebrated on the same day around the world although Fathers do have their special day in most countries.

On February 23rd, in Russia, they have Defender of the Fatherland Day. This holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving in the Russian Armed Forces. More recently, however, the celebrations include all men and gives the males equal time to the International Women’s Day which is celebrated on March 8th.

On March 19th, Adnorra, Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Portugal, and Spain set aside this day to honor their fathers.

The Sixth week following Easter Sunday (Ascension Day) is the day set aside for dads in Germany.

Constitution Day or June 5th, is the day for Denmark.

South Korea is the only country claiming May 8th for Father’s Day.

Romania, Austria, Belgium gives honor to their male parents on the Second Sunday of May.

The third Sunday in June is a busy day for families and fathers in Togo, Afghanistan, Antigua, Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela,and Zimbabwe.

El Salvador celebrates on June 17th. Iran celebrates on June 18th. Jordan, Syria, and Uganda have the 21st, Nicaragua and Poland, June 23rd,

Lithuania had the first Sunday in June. Haiti sets aside the Last Sunday of June.

There are some July Father’s Day celebrations, too. Dominican Republic claims the last Sunday in that month. Uruguay has the Second Sunday of July.

In August, Brazil honors the second Sunday while Nepal has New Moon Day, also known as Amavasya, which happens in late August or early September.

Taiwan is alone with staking out August 8th for Father’s Day. The Second Sunday in August belongs to Somoa.

The First Sunday of September is for Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
Luxembourg has the First Sunday in October and seems to be the lone country designating that date.

The Second Sunday of November belongs to Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

As they say, last but not least, Thailand has December 5th.