If you remember when you were a kid, you probably remember sitting in the front room anxiously waiting for your dad to come home. You can probably imagine the thrill you felt when your car pulled into the driveway or even when you heard the garage door open and he walked in. You couldn’t wait for him to walk through the door so you could give him a big hug and tell him everything that had happened to you during the day.
For most children, their parents are their stones. No matter what is happening with you, good or bad, you knew that you could always tell your dad what was happening. The best part about being able to tell your dad what was going on is that it seemed like he could magically fix everything. When he was a little boy, falling and scraping his knee required a kiss from Mom to make it better, but when his bike went flat, only Dad could correct it.
No matter where you live, be it in a remote Alaskan village or on the island of New Zealand, the way you view your father will be similar to the way other children view their parents. The relationship a child has with his father has even withstood the sands of time. Dads all over the world play with their children when they are young and teach them to drive when they grow up.
It is because of this relationship that a child has with his father that all over the world we celebrate Father’s Day. The date on which Father’s Day is celebrated in various regions of the world varies, as does the language you use to wish your dad a Happy Father’s Day. However, despite these differences, the main point is to show parents how much they mean to us.
Here’s how I would say “Happy Father’s Day” in a variety of different languages:
- Portuguese – Feliz dia do pai
- Spanish – Happy Father’s Day
- Italian – Giorno di Padre Felice
- Polish – Wszystkiego Najlepszego Z Okazji Dnia Ojca
- Dutch – Gelukkige Vaderdag
- German – Alles Gute zum Vatertag
- French – Happy Father’s Day
One thing that is interesting to note is that most countries follow the American custom of celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June, but there are a handful of other countries that follow their own customs. Austria, Costa Rica and Belgium celebrate Father’s Day on the second Sunday in June. New Zealand and Australia celebrate it on the first Sunday in September. Russia does not celebrate the event on a Sunday, but instead celebrates it on February 23 of each year. China also has a specific date for Father’s Day, which is August 8. Iran and Germany do not have a specific date to celebrate Father’s Day, but instead celebrate it based on certain events. Iran follows the Islamic calendar, so they celebrate it on Rajab 13, while Germany uses Ascension Day, which comes from the Bible, to decide on what date they are celebrating the event.
No matter what day you celebrate the event or what language you use to tell your father Happy Father’s Day celebrating Father’s Day is all the same. The day is reserved to show our father how much we love and respect them for all they have done for us.