Father's Day around the world in 2019

Father's Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Father's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 4 days in Poland.
  Dates of Father's Day around the world
2021VariousJun 5, Jun 13, Jun 20, Sep 12, Nov 14
AustriaSun, Jun 13Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jun 13Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSat, Jun 5Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, Nov 14Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, Nov 14Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, Sep 12Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
MexicoSun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
USASun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jun 20Not A Public Holiday
2020VariousMar 19, May 10, Jun 5, Jun 7, Jun 14, Jun 17, Jun 21, Jun 23, Jul 26, Aug 8, Aug 9, Sep 6, Sep 13, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 5
ArgentinaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, Sep 6Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, Jun 14Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jun 14Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, Aug 9Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkFri, Jun 5Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Jul 26Not A Public Holiday
El SalvadorWed, Jun 17National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Nov 8Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, Nov 8Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
HondurasThu, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, Nov 8Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, Sep 13Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Jun 7National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Oct 4Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
MexicoSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, Sep 6Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Nov 8Not A Public Holiday
PolandTue, Jun 23Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
SpainThu, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, Nov 8Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Jun 7Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSat, Aug 8Not A Public Holiday
ThailandSat, Dec 5Not A Public Holiday
USASun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, Jun 21Not A Public Holiday
2019VariousMar 19, May 12, Jun 1, Jun 2, Jun 5, Jun 9, Jun 16, Jun 17, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 8, Aug 11, Sep 1, Sep 8, Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 5
ArgentinaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, Sep 1Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, Jun 9Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jun 9Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, Aug 11Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkWed, Jun 5Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Jul 28Not A Public Holiday
El SalvadorMon, Jun 17National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Nov 10Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, Nov 10Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
HondurasTue, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, Nov 10Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
ItalyTue, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, Sep 8Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Jun 2National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Oct 6Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
MexicoSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, Sep 1Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Nov 10Not A Public Holiday
PolandSun, Jun 23Not A Public Holiday
PortugalTue, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
SpainTue, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, Nov 10Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSat, Jun 1Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanThu, Aug 8Not A Public Holiday
ThailandThu, Dec 5Not A Public Holiday
USASun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, Jun 16Not A Public Holiday
2018VariousMar 19, May 13, Jun 3, Jun 5, Jun 10, Jun 17, Jun 23, Jul 29, Aug 8, Aug 12, Sep 2, Sep 9, Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 5
ArgentinaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, Sep 2Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, Jun 10Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jun 10Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, Aug 12Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkTue, Jun 5Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Jul 29Not A Public Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Jun 17National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Nov 11Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, Nov 11Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
HondurasMon, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, Nov 11Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
ItalyMon, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, Sep 9Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Jun 3National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Oct 7Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
MexicoSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, Sep 2Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Nov 11Not A Public Holiday
PolandSat, Jun 23Not A Public Holiday
PortugalMon, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
SpainMon, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, Nov 11Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Jun 3Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanWed, Aug 8Not A Public Holiday
ThailandWed, Dec 5Not A Public Holiday
USASun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, Jun 17Not A Public Holiday
2017VariousMar 19, May 14, Jun 4, Jun 5, Jun 11, Jun 17, Jun 18, Jun 23, Jul 30, Aug 8, Aug 13, Sep 3, Sep 10, Oct 1, Nov 12, Dec 5
ArgentinaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, Sep 3Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, Jun 11Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Jun 11Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, Aug 13Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkMon, Jun 5Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Jul 30Not A Public Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Jun 17National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Nov 12Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, Nov 12Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, Nov 12Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, Sep 10Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Jun 4National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Oct 1Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
MexicoSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, Sep 3Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Nov 12Not A Public Holiday
PolandFri, Jun 23Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, Nov 12Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Jun 4Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanTue, Aug 8Not A Public Holiday
ThailandTue, Dec 5Not A Public Holiday
USASun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, Jun 18Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Father's Day is a celebration that honours the role of fathers and forefathers
  Which countries observe Father's Day in 2019?

Father's Day is a celebration that honours the role of fathers and forefathers. It is a modern holiday, though the ancient Romans did have a tradition of honouring fathers, every February, but only those who had deceased.

Around the world, Father's Day is celebrated on different dates, though the day is celebrated in a similar manner, usually involving giving gifts to fathers and family activities.

When is Father's Day?

The most popular date for Father's Day is the third Sunday in June. This date was first observed in the USA and has since been adopted by many countries. 

In Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father's Day is celebrated on 19 March, which is the Feast of St. Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers.

In Germany, Father's Day is celebrated on the same date as Ascension Day.

Across Scandinavia, the tradition of a Father's Day was adopted in the 1930's. Originally the American date was used, but in 1949 the Nordic countries decided to move it to the second Sunday in November. This was partly to place it half a year away from Mother's Day but also it was chosen to increase sales in an otherwise quiet trading period before Christmas. The only country who didn't fall in line was Denmark. They forgot to inform the public and press about the date change, so Father's Day remained on the same day as their other early June holiday, Constitution Day.

In Taiwan, Father's Day is celebrated on 8 August as the Chinese for eight is 'ba', while a colloquial word for father is 'ba-ba' - so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to 'daddy'. This was also the date for Father's day in China, but the date was moved to the third Sunday in June.

History of Father's Day

In the USA, the first noted Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

It is said that Grace Golden Clayton suggested the service to the pastor as a memorial after a mine explosion in nearby Monongah had killed 361 men the previous winter. Another explanation for the service was Mothers' Day, which had been celebrated for the first time two months prior in Grafton, a town that was 15 miles away.

An alternative claim for the inventor of Father's Day is the president of the Chicago branch of the Lions' Club, Harry Meek. He is said to have celebrated the first Father's Day with his organization in 1915; and the day that they chose was the third Sunday in June, which was the closest Sunday to Meek's birthday.

A key figure in the establishment of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent reared his six children. Mrs. Dodd initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death as a date for Father's Day. It is claimed she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make the arrangements, and thus the celebration was put back to the third Sunday of June.

The first Father's Day in June was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended the day as a national holiday.

President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 1966, though the day was not officially recognised until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Did you know?

Three facts about Father's Day

President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father's Day to be an official national holiday in 1966

In Germany, Father's Day is celebrated on the same date as Ascension Day.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent U.S. Father's Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June

More facts about Father's Day

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