When is Father's Day 2017?

Father's Day Calendar

Father's Day Dates
Year Date Weekday
2016 19 June Sunday
2017 18 June Sunday
2018 17 June Sunday
2019 16 June Sunday
2020 21 June Sunday
2021 20 June Sunday
2022 19 June Sunday
2023 18 June Sunday
2024 16 June Sunday
2025 15 June Sunday
2026 21 June Sunday

Father's Day is an annual celebration that honors father's around the world. It recognizes the role that a father plays in building the family as well as the influence and contribution of father's to society. Other than fathers, grand fathers, great grand fathers, step fathers and foster fathers are also honored on the day. The day is celebrated with a lot of pomp and gaiety around the world and witnesses children giving gifts and cards to their fathers.

When is Father's Day

Father's Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday of June. Though the day is always observed on a Sunday, but it date keeps changing every year. This year, Father's Day will be observed on June 18.

Europe and Latin America, celebrate Father's day on the 19th of March. Some countries those who are not celebrating fathers day on 18th June are as follows :

  • Honduras
  • Liechtenstein
  • Mozambique
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Bolivia


    Traditions associated with Father's Day

    A father is the breadwinner of the family. He is responsible for providing his family members with a good life as well as guiding his children so that they become better citizens. As such children take the opportunity to honor their fathers by giving them cards, flowers and other valuable gifts. Technology has made it easy for children to wish their father's even if they are miles away. Today, one can send e-cards which would reach the person for whom it is intended in a matter of minutes. In fact, e-cards and messages have become more popular in comparison to the traditional cards. Other than this, people who are far away also make a phone call to their fathers expressing their love and wishing them a very happy Father's Day.

    Since Father's Day is a modern concept, every family celebrates the day according to its own convenience. Families gather on the day to honor fathers by throwing parties and organizing other events. Children also gift their fathers gifts which are masculine in nature and mostly comprise items pertaining to technology, sports, grooming, outdoor activities etc. Schools also contribute to making Father's Day a memorable events. In the days prior to Father's Day children at school take part in activities where they are taught to make handmade products, such as cards, and other gifts, that they can present to their dads on Father's Day. Other than this, restaurants also see an unusual rush as children and other members of the family take the father out on lunch or dinner.

    In the United States, Father's Day is a major event and witnessing children giving gifts to their father and also spending the entire day with them. Father's Day in the country is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Children honor their father's by giving them cards and gifts, organizing adventure tours and taking them to sports events.

    Nevertheless, a couple of countries celebrate Father's Day on different dates and have their own traditions. Unlike the United States where Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, in Thailand the Day is celebrated on December 5, which happens to be the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Russia, not just fathers but other men as well are honored on February 23, which happens to be the Defender of the Fatherland Day.

    In Mexico, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and witnesses an annual Father's Day race. In Brazil, Father's Day is celebrated on August 2 and celebrates St. Joachim, who is the father of Mary and also the patron saint of fathers as well as grandfathers. In Nepal, Father's Day is celebrated the traditional way and is known as Gokarna Aunsi. It is an annual events celebrated in late summer. While sons touch their father's feet with their foreheads, daughters touch their father's hands with their foreheads.

    Father's Day is a federal holiday in Germany. It is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, Ascension Day. An interesting sight associated with the day in Germany is men pulling wagons full of beer barrels in the woods. In the European nations of Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father's Day is celebrated on March 19 and coincides with Feast of St. Joseph.



    Father's Day History

    In the recent times, Father's Day has come to be celebrated globally as an ideal day to portray love and esteem for one's father. A day to exhibit one's true feelings of thankfulness and awe for all that the fathers have done for us, Father's Day truly lends a helping hand in verbalizing our heartfelt feelings for that special angel in our lives. Well, the Father's Day is celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in the month of June.

    The Fathers Day history has both social as well as religious origins. As far as the religious aspect of Father's Day history is concerned it is celebrated on the Saint Joseph's Day as per the Roman Catholic tradition.

    • The Saint Joseph's Day is reserved for commemorating Saint Joseph, who is better known as Mary's husband and Jesus Christ's foster-father.

    • As far as the social aspect of Father's Day history is concerned, Father's Day came to be celebrated as a national festival because of one woman who is given the credit for initiating the Father's Day celebrations in USA. Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, who was an inhabitant of Spokane, Washington, greatly admired her father for all that he had done for his kids.

    • Her mother died at a very young age and thus her father had to single handedly raise six kids, which he did very effectively.

    • Mrs Dodd wanted to honor her dad in a special way and thought of the idea of a special Father's Day sermon especially for her father. As Mrs Dodd's father was born in the month of June, thus Father's Day came to be celebrated in the month of June.

    • Washington celebrated the first Father's Day on 19 June 1910. Many people including William Jennings Bryan approved of the Father's Day celebrations. About eight years later Calvin Coolidge gave the green light to Father's Day as a national holiday.

    • Since then Father's Day is celebrated as a national festival on the third Sunday of June. In the year 1926, a National Father's Day committee was formed in the city of New York. In the year 1966, Lyndon Johnson gave an official status to the Father's Day.



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    Last Updated: 2nd June, 2017