When Is Father’s Day 2018 Around The World, Why Do The Dates Differ And What Are The Celebration’s Origins?

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THIS weekend sees the arrival of Father’s Day – that annual event when dads get the rare chance to be spoiled.

We’ve already celebrated our mums this year with Mothering Sunday, and dad’s special day is on Sunday June 17! Here’s all you need to know…

Getty – Contributor Other countries around the world quickly picked up on the idea of Father’s Day

What is the history of Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is rumoured to have started when a young woman wanted to honour her war hero dad.

In May 1909, Sonora Dodd sat in church listening to a moving Mother’s Day sermon.

She then decided she wanted to designate a special day just for her dad, William Jackson Smart.

Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth and her Civil War veteran dad had raised five kids on his own.

The following year, she wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5th, her father’s birthday.

She even and petitioned for the holiday to be recognised in her hometown of Spokane, Washington,

Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, according to Spokane Regional Visitor Bureau.

Getty – Contributor Father’s Day is rumoured to have started when a young woman wanted to honour her war hero dad

Why do we celebrate Father’s Day on different dates around the world?

Other countries around the world quickly picked up on the idea of Father’s Day and slapped it in their calendar.

While many followed suit by celebrating it on the third Sunday in June, some decided to honour dad on different dates.

One of the main reasons for this is once they had decided to adopt the custom they couldn’t wait for June to come around.

Others  believe that the celebration date is different in the southern hemisphere because June is their autumn, rather than their spring, and the day can be marketed better in the spring season.

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Here’s a list of the dates Father’s Day is celebrated across the world.

March 14– Iran March 19– Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Lichtenstein, Portugal, Spain May 8– South Korea First Sunday in June– Lithuania Second Sunday in June– Austria, Ecuador, Belgium Third Sunday in June– Antigua, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Trinidad, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zimbabwe June 17– El Salvador, Guatemala June 23– Nicaragua, Poland, Uganda




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