In the midst of Father’s Day 2022 just around the next corner, Independent.ie has been looking at the roots of the holiday dedicated to dads, and the dates they celebrate it across the globe.
Father’s Day falls on third Sunday in June. This year, it will be observed on the 19th of June. As opposed to Mother’s Day which is celebrated at different times around the globe, Father’s Day is marked the same day across 48 countries, which includes Ireland along with the US.
Mother’s Day in Ireland falls in March, whereas in the US it’s celebrated during May.
It is a tradition in Spain, Italy and Portugal, Father’s Day is celebrated on the 19th of March that is The Feast of St Joseph who is the patron saint of fathers.
In Germany it is celebrated in the exact same way as Ascension Day; the religious holiday that falls towards the end of May.
Families across Australia in Australia and New Zealand celebrate Father’s Day on the first day of spring which is the first Sunday in September in the southern hemisphere.
It is observed in Brazil Father’s Day is marked on the second Sunday of August to commemorate St. Joachim the father of Virgin Mary within the Christian custom.
And in Thailand Father’s Day falls on December 5, which is the birthday of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Although Father’s Day is not an officially recognized holiday within Ireland it was observed by families all over the country with visits, meals with the family gifts and cards.
The holiday has its origins from the US. The inspiration for the day is usually traced to a woman by the name of Sonora Dodd who was taken care of by her widower father.
According to US documents, the first Father’s Day took place in Ms . Dodd’s home town of Spokane, Washington in June 2010.
Then, in 1966, the celebration took on a formal status in 1966 when The president Lyndon B Johnson proclaimed that the third Sunday of June would be officially referred to in the United States as Father’s Day.