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Father's Day in Germany

Germany Unofficial Holiday in Germany

Father's Day in Germany is an unofficial holiday in Germany on Ascension Day

When is Father's Day in Germany?

How long until Father's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 253 Days.
Dates of Father's Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday
2019 Thursday
2018 Thursday
2017 Thursday
2016 Thursday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrated on Ascension Day. Father's Day is a celebration that honours the role of fathers
Local Name
Vatertag

In Germany, Father’s Day ('Vatertag') is celebrated on Ascension Day, which is a public holiday in Germany.

Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday. It always take place on a Thursday.

It also means that even though Father's Day is not an official holiday, it is always celebrated on one.

History of Father's Day in Germany

In some regions of Germany, it is also known as men’s day or gentlemen’s day as all males even those who are not Fathers take part in the celebrations.

This tradition dates back to the eighteenth century when prizes were awarded to fathers after Ascension Day parades in rural areas.

A custom on Father's Day is that men will go out for hikes taking some wagons with them. This might sound like a healthy pastime, but the wagons are loaded with beer, wine and food to 'sustain' the men on their hike. The beer and wine supplies are fully depleted before the hike is over.

Getting drunk seems to be an important part of the celebrations and according to Federal Statistical Office of Germany alcohol-related accidents multiply by three on this day.

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