Many countries around the world celebrate Father's Day, but dates and customs vary.
The roots of Father's Day go all the way back to Babylon. Found among the ruins of that city was a card made out of clay. On it, was a message from a young boy named Elmesu to his father. It was a Father's Day message of good health and a long life, given to his Babylonian father nearly 4,000 years ago.
What happened to Elmesu or his father remains a mystery, but the tradition of honoring fathers' has carried on through the centuries, not only here in the United States, but all over the world.
In countries where the Catholic Church has had an important role within the culture, the Father's Day celebration is held on St. Joseph's Day, which is March 19th.
In modern times, Father’s Day celebrations not associated with any religion have been the pastime in many of countries. Not only does this honor the long-time tradition of celebrating dads, but it also reflects the diversity of the countries and the people within those countries themselves.
Father’s Day Dates Around the Globe:
Argentina: Third Sunday in June
Australia: First Sunday in September
Belgium: St. Joseph's Day and the second Sunday in June
Brazil: Second Sunday in August
Bulgaria: June 20th
Canada: Third Sunday in June
Chile: Third Sunday in June
Denmark: Second Sunday in November
Finland: Second Sunday in November
France: Third Sunday in June
Germany: Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter)
Japan: Third Sunday in June
Lithuania: First Sunday in June
Netherlands: Third Sunday in June
New Zealand: First Sunday in September
Norway : Second Sunday in November
Portugal: St. Joseph's Day, March 19th
Spain: St. Joseph's Day, March 19th
Sweden: Second Sunday in November
Taiwan: August 8th
Thailand: December 5th
United Kingdom : Third Sunday in June
United States: Third Sunday in June