Father’s Day takes place on June 17th in America. The holiday dates back to 1910 in Spokane, WA when Sonora Smart wanted a day to honor her dad, who was a civil war veteran and had raised his children on his own after the death of his wife. It caught on, and young women began celebrating their fathers with red roses.
The holiday became official in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law. In the US, Father’s Day is widely practice and has grown beyond roses to packed restaurants and gifts of appreciation to father figures.
Many other countries also celebrate fathers and mentors, different traditions. Of the many public holidays on Thailand’s calendar, King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday on December 5th is one of the most popular. Officially, it’s a celebration of the king who is considered the father of the nation, but it has also become a celebration of fathers nationwide. The day is marked by events and festivities that take place all over the country.
Vatertag – which is Father’s Day in Germany, is celebrated 40 days after Easter, and in parallel with Ascension Day. Traditions vary by region, with the celebration being marked by social gatherings and drinks with close friends. One regional tradition celebrates the day as Mannertag where men organize a hiking tour and pull along one or more smaller wagons.
Other countries around the world celebrate similar versions of Father’s Day:
If you’re in the US, you can celebrate your fathers or mentors by giving them charity Gift Card with custom artwork that will meaningfully connect him to causes he cares about. They can be shipped overnight, or for immediate delivery, they can be printed at home or sent by e-mail.
Also, if you have a Charity Gift Card, you can use it to support fathers and mentors both here and globally to celebrate Father’s Day. Here’s a sample of some our Featured Charities you can support: