Ah yes, Father’s Day, the unsung hero of the greeting card world that annually graces our calendars.
This day, designated for our darling dads, is often synonymous with ties, socks, and (if they’re lucky) power tools. However, around the globe, the festivities are as diverse as dads themselves.
A few weeks back we discussed Mother’s Day, and today buckle up, because we’re about to embark on a world tour of paternal partying…or something like that.
Brazil: Food, Football, and Family
In Brazil, they say ‘Feliz Dia dos Pais,’ combining the three Fs of Brazilian culture: Food, Football, and Family.
Feasts are prepared, games are played, and a day that starts with a barbeque could well end with a father-son football match. After all, what screams ‘I love you, Dad’ more than a slide tackle?
Germany: Their Day in the Sun (and the Bar!)
German fathers don’t just sit back and wait for the gifts to roll in.
No, they take matters into their own hands with a tradition called ‘Männertag’ (Men’s Day). After a hearty breakfast, dads embark on a men-only wagon tour loaded with beer and regional food, effectively turning Father’s Day into an all-you-can-eat, drink-as-much-as-you-dare fest.
Responsibility? That’s tomorrow’s problem.
Mexico: The Race for Fatherhood
Father’s Day in Mexico is more than just breakfast in bed; it’s a 21-kilometer race in Mexico City known as the ‘Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan’. If your dad’s an athlete, this could be a dream.
If not, well, there’s always next year.
South Africa: Braais and Bravery
In South Africa, many families celebrate with a ‘braai,’ or barbecue, where fathers are hailed as the king of the grill.
Nothing says love quite like a perfectly charred steak, after all. They also celebrate brave and courageous deeds, so dads, it’s your time to shine with those legendary “When I was your age…” tales.
Thailand: The Sweet Scent of Fatherhood
Thailand takes a floral turn on this day.
The flower of choice? Canna, chosen for its masculinity (we’ll save that debate for another day). These are given alongside the more traditional gift of, well, life insurance. That’s right, in Thailand, insurance policies fly off the shelves on Father’s Day.
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving… or not.
From boisterous beer wagon tours to freezing parades, and from floral tributes to vigorous races, Father’s Day around the world is anything but boring.
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