My dad says he’s my biggest blog fan, which may be true since he always brings up the topics of my writing at the dinner table on Friday nights. So, I won’t tell you how *I* am celebrating Father’s Day this year, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
But because I’m learning all about different cultures in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, I took a look at how Father’s Day is celebrated around the world. And I learned that it isn’t the same across the globe—in some cases, it’s not even on the same day! In Australia, for instance, the day for honouring Dad occurs on the first Sunday in September. Same with New Zealand.
In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (that’s a mouthful) on Dec 5. The King gives a speech and many people in the country wear pink to honour him. Canna Lilies are a popular gift.
Men—not just fathers—are celebrated in Russia. The Feb. 23 holiday started as a military commemoration, and soldiers are still honoured in parades throughout the country.
Mexico honours Father’s day with a 21K Father’s Day race (hey, Dad, let’s go there next year!) and people in Brazil celebrate St. Joachim on Aug. 2. St. Joachim is the patron saint of fathers and grandfathers.
I’m always fascinated by how different cultures celebrate the various holidays, especially since Canada is such a culturally diverse country. Speaking of Canada…the 16th (and *gulp* final) book in the Superman Duffy series of graphic novels is AT THE PRESS! I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Contact the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission to see about getting YOUR copy.
Gotta jet! Happy Father’s Day everyone—I hope it’s a special one!
~ Chase Superman Duffy