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Father's Day June 17, 2012 (3rd Sunday in June)

Father's Day is a day of Celebration in honor of all Fathers, and all men who have acted as a father figure in our life - whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or even elder brothers and also to honor fatherhood as Mother's Day celebrates motherhood.

This day is celebrated by giving gifts and wishes to fathers.

Roses are the Father's Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

The driving force behind the establishment of the celebration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd to honor her loving father, William Jackson Smart. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day.


Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Father's Day is celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day and in different countries it is celebrated in different dates.

The countries that observe Father's Day on the third Sunday of June are :-
Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, France, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, Ireland, Japan, Macao S.A.R., Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.

The countries that observe Father's Day on other dates

  • Austria: second Sunday of June
  • Australia: first Sunday of September
  • Belgium: St Joseph's day (March 19), and the second Sunday of June (Secular)
  • Brazil: second Sunday of August
  • Bulgaria: June 20
  • Denmark: June 5 (also Constitution Day)
  • Dominican Republic: last Sunday of July
  • Estonia: second Sunday of November
  • Finland: second Sunday of November
  • Germany: Ascension Day (originally intended by socialists to replace the Christian holiday, but now the two are generally combined)
  • Italy: March 19
  • Lithuania: first Sunday of June
  • New Zealand: first Sunday of September
  • Norway: second Sunday of November
  • Poland: June 23
  • Portugal: March 19
  • Russia: February 23 (Army Day)
  • South Korea: May 8 (Parents' Day)
  • Spain: March 19
  • Sweden: second Sunday of November
  • Thailand: December 5
  • Taiwan: August 8
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