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Papa, father, papi, pop, tatay, ama, pater, otosan, chichi, padre, baba and many others; there are many different ways on how we call the greatest man we know. People from all over the world celebrate Father’s Day differently. It is one of the most special days of the year when we honor and offer our gratitude to all fathers for all the love, support, hardships and sacrifices that they are going through or have gone through in fulfilling their exceptional tasks as a father.

Father’s Day originated or started in America. The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 1910. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring her father. Thanks to Sonora, we also now have a chance to show our love and appreciation to our own father.

Father’s Day in Australia takes place on the first day of spring in September. They have one of the best and noteworthy ways of honoring fathers especially in the state of Victoria. They choose to crown 32 fathers from its 32 municipalities each year. It must be a great experience to be crowned and acknowledged by people from your municipality while you continue to fulfill your never ending duties as a father.

In Germany, it is not surprising how they celebrate this occasion with bottomless beers. Men celebrate together drinking beer and wine, and pulling a wagon around town.

Netherlanders celebrate it the sweetest and the most touching way for me. They pamper their “vader” or papa with breakfast in bed and a lavish family dinner. Waking up on that day must feel like you are celebrating your second birthday; well, if you’re a papa.

In Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and cities, Father’s Day is a public holiday. It is a popular day to buy gifts and go out for a memorable dinner. In Russia, however, there is a huge parade to commemorate the event not only for fathers but also for veterans; and women are expected to give gifts to men in their lives.

Japan and the Philippines have similarities as far as Father’s Day is concerned. In both countries, Father’s Day is not a public holiday and it is celebrated in the simplest yet most unique ways. In the Philippines, families go out and treat their tatay, papa or ama for lunch or dinner. To some, they prepare a bountiful lunch or dinner at home and enjoy the occasion to the accompaniment of karaoke music. Filipinos just love singing. And when you say singing, it means singing until midnight!
The Japanese, on the other hand, don’t usually go out nor have a karaoke party. Instead, they make messages and give gifts to their fathers for Father’s Day aside from the simple get together or celebration at home. And when it comes to gifts, local sake and shochu are popular; to enjoy with matsusaka beef, kobe beef or yonezawa beef.

No matter how simple or grand we celebrate this special day for fathers, we must not forget to show and make them feel how special they are, and how much we appreciate everything that they do for us. We must not only honor them every Father’s Day but every day, whenever we have a chance. It’s not the gift or the food we buy or prepare that is important. It is the love and care from us that make them all feel how great it is to be a father.

To all Fathers, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!


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