Fathers Day Around the World

By: Anne Harvester

If you live in the United States, Father's Day is just around the corner, celebrated on June 17th this year. Father's Day calls for a celebration, including great Father's Day gifts for your special guy. Father's Day gift baskets make a wonderful addition to your dad's happy day, because they can be personalized to exactly what he will enjoy. In the United States we celebrate Father's Day with gifts and a great meal, but it can vary throughout the world. Here are few of the ways that Father's Day is celebrated around the world.
In countries where the Catholic Church plays an important cultural role, Father's Day is celebrated on the Catholic's St. Joseph's Day, which is March 19th. Some countries also have a non-religious holiday to honor fathers, so in certain areas fathers get to celebrate, if they so choose, on not one but two days of the year.
The United States always celebrates Father's Day on the third Sunday in June.

Other countries that also follow that tradition include Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Some Nordic countries, such as Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden celebrate on the second Sunday in November. Taiwan is unique in that they celebrate on August 8th. This is because in Mandarin dialect the numbers for that month and date sound the same as their word for "father," and so this is the date they selected.
One Father's Day tradition that you might not have heard about is the wearing of roses. People on Father's Day will wear red roses to signify that their father is alive, while others will wear a white rose to show that he has died.
Familiar Father's Day traditions include the giving of cards and chocolates, along with other gifts that show your affection for your father. There are often family reunions that revolve around the holiday, so that the entire family can gather together to celebrate all of the fathers present. Young children will often make gifts to give to their fathers.
In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September. Many of the traditions are similar to those that occur in the United States, and everyone has a great time honoring their special father.
In the United Kingdom sometimes schools, cultural societies and clubs will organize Father's Day parties so that many people can get together and have a fun time partying with their fathers.
No matter how you celebrate with your father, you will want to include a thoughtful gift that shows him that you care. Personalized Father's Day gifts will make a big impression on your dad, and will be a reminder to him of how much you love him.

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