Fathers-day celebrations across the world
Fatherís Day is celebrated in some form or another in almost every country around the world. However, some of these celebrations are a little more unique, shall we say, than others.
In Korea, there is no Motherís Day and Fatherís Day, only Parentsí Day. This means that they canít conspire with their mother on Fatherís Day or vice versa Ė they have to go out and find presents for their parents themselves, with their friends, and often come back with some interesting finds! Korea has a Childrenís Day too, when parents buy special gifts for their children and take them on trips.
In Russia and many former Soviet Union countries, Fatherís Day is known as Defender of the Fatherland Day. Originally a World War II remembrance holiday, it has now become a holiday to celebrate men in general, much like International Womenís Day is for women. You can buy presents for your father, husband, boyfriend or any other man who is important to you on Defender of the Fatherland Day Ė trust me, it sounds less strange in Russian.
In Denmark, Fatherís Day is a public holiday, as it is also their Constitution Day. This gives fathers an opportunity to spend the whole day with their kids, making Fatherís Day a much more important occasion there than it is in countries where dads have to work on the day. Germany does it a similar way, holding Fatherís Day on the public holiday of Ascension Day.
The Chinese have something called Ďbabaí. The Chinese word baba, meaning father, sounds like the Chinese word for the date 8th August, so they hold Fatherís Day on that day Ė it makes it much harder to forget!
However you celebrate Fatherís Day, have a good one.
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