With Father's Day taking place on Sunday 17th June, earlier this week we thought we'd give you a little reminder and nudge in the right direction. Whether you're planning on splashing out on an extravagant gift to remember, taking him somewhere nice or presenting the old man with a brand spanking pair of socks for the seventh year in a row, we take a look at some of the various Father's Day equivalents around the world. So move over women; it's time for the men to celebrate.
It doesn't get much manlier than Father's Day in Germany - in fact, the first Thursday 40 days after Easter (Ascension Day) is also known as ‘Man's Day'. There are no romantic meals or family days out here, as this special day is exclusively for men. Armed with small wagons crammed with regional meats and food, as well as tonnes of alcohol, German men head off on hiking tours for no doubt lots of burping, farting and obligatory manliness for the ultimate ‘lads' day out.
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Breakfast for Dad by Connie Roberts
For anyone looking to party on Father's Day, nobody does it better than Spain. Every dad in the country is honoured on the "El día del padre", as well as grandfathers, uncles and brothers who have acted as father figures for a person. Various parties and festivities take place throughout the day - which coincides with St Josephs Day and the Las Fallas festival in some regions - on March 19th. Gifts are given, food is eaten and better still, everyone gets the day off work to celebrate. Result!
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Canna lily given to Thai men on Father's Day, by just chaos
What's the one thing every dad dreams of getting on Father's Day? Flowers of course! Ok, maybe not. In Thailand however, a flower is exactly what most dads will be looking forward to receiving on their big day. It's tradition to give them a Canna lily, considered to be a masculine flower in Thailand. Father's Day in the country occurs on the birthday of the king (December 5th this year). Forget about wearing boring grey jumpers and old faded jeans though, as it's also tradition for Thai men to wear pink all day.
Barbecue on Father's Day, by Patrick Fitzgerald
Taking place on the first Sunday of September, Father's Day in Australia is all about family and food. Usually celebrated privately in households up and down the country, breakfast in bed is perhaps one of the biggest traditions, probably followed by a ‘barbie' on the beach if we believe everything we watch on Home & Away!
For many years, Romanian father's had to watch other men from around the world celebrate Father's Day while they were stuck with absolutely nothing. Out of the 27 states in the European Union, Romania was the only one not to commemorate their dads, meaning men across the country had to make do with the same old pair of socks for at least another year. In 2010 however, men in Romania could party at last as the country celebrated its first ever Father's Day in May and the day is now recognized by the state.
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