Since the dawn of the TV age we have been exposed to many different fathers. Whether it was Andy Griffith as the single father from the Andy Griffith Show, Mike Brady in the blended family of the Brady Bunch or Modern Family’s, Phil Dunphy and his ever-present commitment to his family, we all grew up watching a father-figure in some shape or form.
The father-figures we watch and are exposed to are quintessential beacons for the types of fathers men want to be for their children. They envision themselves as the fathers they see and read about, and strive each day to be that beacon for their own children.
While they might be their toughest critic, fathers are to be celebrated for everything they have done for us, and on June 18th many of the world’s nations will gather with their fathers or father-figures to express those feelings. But there are other countries that do things a little differently.
Let’s now dive into those different traditions and get to know the diverse ways that world celebrates their fathers.
You may not have heard of the Canna flower but in Thailand that is the gift that is given to fathers after a speech is given by the King. Their Father’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of their widely loved king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In France, the modern version of Father’s Day was started by a company who makes lighters as a marketing campaign to entice individuals to buy lighters for their smoking fathers. It is now celebrated in much of the same way as the rest of the world.
Russia does not treat their version of Father’s Day as just a celebration of fathers, but of all men. Their “Defender of the Fatherland Day” is marked by a parade where men receive small gifts from the women in their lives.
Germans are the most creative when it comes to Father’s Day. Celebrations take place on the 40th day after Easter, also known as Ascension Day, and are marked by hikes and other outdoor activities which are supplied with large amounts of food and beer.
No matter where you come from or your heritage, it’s worth noting what your real life Andy Griffith, Mike Brady or Phil Dunphy has done for you. Don’t forget to let them know how you feel this year by celebrating them in your own traditional way or by trying something new from around the world.
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