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When is Father’s Day Celebrated Around the World?

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Father’s Day is celebrated around the world and recognizes the contribution of fathers to their families and the society as a whole. Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and the paternal bonds. During the Middle Ages, Catholic Europe used to celebrate Father’s Day on March 19, which was St. Joseph’s Day. The Portuguese and Spanish explorers brought the celebrations to Latin America and some nations even now observe Father’s Day on March 19. However, many nations around the world celebrate Father’s Day on different dates or months.

The United States celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. In the United States, the history of Father’s Day dates back to the early 20th century. The first ever event in honor of fathers was organized by a West Virginian church in 1908. Organized in honor of the 362 men who were killed in an coal mine explosion in Monongah, the event was a one-time commemoration. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd tried to establish a day for male parents in honor of her father who was a widower and had raised six children. She drummed up support and on June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state. Thereafter, Father’s Day gained popularity in the country and in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge called upon state governments to celebrate the day. Since then Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday of June in the United States.

There are many other nations across the world where Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Some of these nations are Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and others. Switzerland and Lithuania celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in June, while Poland celebrates it on June 23. There are some other nations which celebrate the day on different dates in June.

Countries where Father’s Day is observed on March 19 are Andorra, Croatia, Mozambique, Honduras, Portugal, Italy, Spain, etc. Russia celebrates Father’s Day on February 23. While Uruguay and Dominican Republic celebrate Father’s Day in July, Brazil, Mongolia, South Sudan, and a few other nations celebrate it in August.

In Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is observed on the first Sunday in September, while Finland, Iceland, Norway Sweden, etc, celebrate it on the second Sunday in November.

The table below provides information on when Father’s Day is celebrated around the world.

 

Occurrence Month Country
Feb 23 February Russia
Mar 19 March Andorra
Mar 19 March Croatia
Mar 19 March Mozambique
Mar 19 March Angola
Mar 19 March Honduras
Mar 19 March Portugal
Mar 19 March Italy
Mar 19 March Spain
Mar 19 March Bolivia
Mar 19 March Liechtenstein
May 08 May South Korea
Second Sunday in May May Romania
Third Sunday in May May Tonga
Ascension Day May Germany
First Sunday in June June Switzerland
First Sunday in June June Lithuania
Jun 05 June Denmark
Second Sunday in June June Belgium
Second Sunday in June June Austria
Third Sunday in June June Afghanistan
Third Sunday in June June Albania
Third Sunday in June June Antigua and Barbuda
Third Sunday in June June Argentina
Third Sunday in June June Aruba
Third Sunday in June June Bahamas
Third Sunday in June June Bahrain
Third Sunday in June June Bangladesh
Third Sunday in June June Barbados
Third Sunday in June June Belize
Third Sunday in June June Bermuda
Third Sunday in June June Brunei
Third Sunday in June June Canada
Third Sunday in June June Cambodia
Third Sunday in June June Chile
Third Sunday in June June China
Third Sunday in June June Colombia
Third Sunday in June June Costa Rica
Third Sunday in June June Cuba
Third Sunday in June June Curaçao
Third Sunday in June June Cyprus
Third Sunday in June June Czech Republic
Third Sunday in June June Dominica
Third Sunday in June June Ecuador
Third Sunday in June June Ethiopia
Third Sunday in June June France
Third Sunday in June June Ghana
Third Sunday in June June Greece
Third Sunday in June June Guyana
Third Sunday in June June Hungary
Third Sunday in June June India
Third Sunday in June June Ireland
Third Sunday in June June Jamaica
Third Sunday in June June Japan
Third Sunday in June June Kenya
Third Sunday in June June Kuwait
Third Sunday in June June Laos
Third Sunday in June June Madagascar
Third Sunday in June June Malaysia
Third Sunday in June June Maldives
Third Sunday in June June Malta
Third Sunday in June June Mauritius
Third Sunday in June June Mexico
Third Sunday in June June Myanmar
Third Sunday in June June Namibia
Third Sunday in June June Netherlands
Third Sunday in June June Nigeria
Third Sunday in June June Oman
Third Sunday in June June Pakistan
Third Sunday in June June Panama
Third Sunday in June June Paraguay
Third Sunday in June June Peru
Third Sunday in June June Philippines
Third Sunday in June June Puerto Rico
Third Sunday in June June Qatar
Third Sunday in June June Saint Lucia
Third Sunday in June June Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Third Sunday in June June Saudi Arabia
Third Sunday in June June Singapore
Third Sunday in June June Slovakia
Third Sunday in June June South Africa
Third Sunday in June June Sri Lanka
Third Sunday in June June Suriname
Third Sunday in June June Trinidad and Tobago
Third Sunday in June June Tunisia
Third Sunday in June June Turkey
Third Sunday in June June Uganda
Third Sunday in June June Ukraine
Third Sunday in June June United Kingdom
Third Sunday in June June United States
Third Sunday in June June Venezuela
Third Sunday in June June Vietnam
Third Sunday in June June Zambia
Third Sunday in June June Zimbabwe
Jun 17 June El Salvador
Jun 17 June Guatemala
Jun 21 June Lebanon
Jun 21 June Egypt
Jun 21 June Jordan
Jun 21 June Palestine
Jun 21 June Syria
Jun 21 June United Arab Emirates
Jun 22 June Guernsey
Jun 22 June Isle of Man
Jun 22 June Jersey
Jun 23 June Nicaragua
Jun 23 June Poland
Last Sunday in June June Haiti
Second Sunday in July July Uruguay
Last Sunday in July July Dominican Republic
Aug 08 August Taiwan
Aug 08 August Mongolia
Second Sunday in August August Brazil
Second Sunday in August August Samoa
Last Monday in August August South Sudan
First Sunday in September September Australia
First Sunday in September September Fiji
First Sunday in September September New Zealand
First Sunday in September September Papua New Guinea
Second Sunday in September September Latvia
First Sunday in October October Luxembourg
Second Sunday in November November Estonia
Second Sunday in November November Finland
Second Sunday in November November Iceland
Second Sunday in November November Norway
Second Sunday in November November Sweden
11/12/17 November Indonesia
12/05/17 December Thailand
12/26/17 December Bulgaria
Between August 30 and September 30 Nepal
Apr 21 April Iran
Apr 21 April Somalia
Apr 21 April Sudan
Apr 21 April Mauritania

(Data sourced from Wikipedia)

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