Everything You Need to Know about Father’s Day in 2024

Everything You Need to Know about Father’s Day in 2024

Just like Mother's Day, Father's Day is a cherished occasion to honour the incredible men in our lives – dads, grandfathers, stepdads, and father figures who offer unwavering love, support, and guidance. Unlike Mother's Day with its fixed date, Father's Day is celebrated on various days throughout the world, reflecting the diverse traditions of countries across the globe.

dad carrying his two daughters in a park

Celebrating Dads Around the Globe: A Look at Father's Day

Here you will find everything you need to know about Father’s Day. What’s more, have given you a few ideas on how to make your Father’s Day extra special.

Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?

Father’s day is a time to show our love and appreciation for our fathers or the special father-figures in our life. It’s an acknowledgement of all that they do for us and of the sacrifices they make.

Here is when Father’s Day is celebrated around the world in 2024 and 2025:

Father's Day dates around the world table 2024

When is Father's Day Celebrated Around the World?

Mark your calendars! Here's a glimpse into Father's Day celebrations in 2024 and 2025 in some popular destinations:

  • United Kingdom, North America (USA, Canada): June 16th, 2024 & June 15th, 2025 – Celebrate dad on the third Sunday of June.
  • Australia, New Zealand: September 1st, 2024 & September 7th, 2025 –Father’s Day down under is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.
  • European Countries (Germany, Spain, Italy): May 9th, 2024 & May 29th, 2025 – Some European countries choose Ascension Day for their Father’s Day celebrations.
  • Brazil: August 11th, 2024 & August 10th, 2025 – In Brazil, Samoa, Fiji and Belize, Father's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of August.
  • Thailand: December 5th, 2024 & December 5th, 2025 – A unique twist! Thailand celebrates Father's Day on the birthday of the King, a day to honour all father figures in the nation.
dad with baby boy over his shoulders

 Interesting Fact: Notice a pattern? Most countries celebrate Father's Day in the spring or summer months, perhaps coinciding with the end of the school year and a natural time for families to gather and celebrate.

Who Invented Father’s Day?

The concept of honouring fathers has roots in various cultures and traditions throughout history. However, the modern-day Father's Day celebration stems from a remarkable woman named Sonora Smart Dodd in the early 20th century United States.

A Daughter's Love Inspires a National Tradition: In 1909, Sonora, from Spokane, Washington, was deeply touched by the single-handed efforts of her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children after his wife's death. Inspired by the existing Mother's Day celebrations, Sonora passionately advocated for a dedicated day to honour fathers.

The First Father's Day Celebration: Sonora's dedication paid off. The very first official Father's Day celebration took place in Spokane, Washington, on June 19th, 1910, honouring her father.

A Journey to National Recognition: While the initial celebration was heartwarming, gaining national recognition for Father's Day took several decades. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day in the United States. Six year’s later, President Richard Nixon signed it into law on April 24,1972.

Father's Day Goes Global: Celebrating Dads in Diverse Ways

While the exact date might differ, the essence of Father's Day celebrations across the globe revolves around expressing love and appreciation for fathers. Here's a look at some common themes:

  • Family Gatherings: Many families come together for special meals, barbecues, or outings to spend quality time with dad.
  • Gifts and Appreciation: Children and partners often express their love and gratitude through gifts, homemade cards, or heartfelt messages.
  • Established Traditions: Some families have cherished traditions for Father's Day, like a special breakfast in bed, a shared activity enjoyed by father and child, or a family movie night.

Cultural Variations in Father's Day Celebrations: Beyond the core themes, there are some fascinating cultural variations in how Father's Day is celebrated around the world.

  • Thailand: As mentioned earlier, Thailand celebrates Father's Day on the King's birthday, where families pay respect to fathers and father figures.
  • Italy: In Italy, the celebration of St. Joseph's Day on March 19th traditionally included honouring fathers. While not an official Father's Day, the tradition continues to hold significance for some families.
  • Germany: German families often celebrate Father's Day with a "Vatertagsausflug" (Father's Day outing), typically involving a hike in the countryside.
father sitting with daughter on wooden pier

How to Celebrate Father’s Day in 2024

The most important way to celebrate Father’s Day in 2024 is to let your father or significant father-figure know you love and appreciate it them. Tell them with words in person and in a card and in gestures. Make a special meal for them or give a special gift.


5 Meaningful Father’s Day Gift Ideas for 2024

gold dog tag necklace for men photographed on leather book

Engrave a silver or gold Dog Tag Necklace with your dad’s initials and a special message such as “love you” or a special date on the back. Our Dog Tag necklaces are bestsellers for a reason and he will remember you and smile every time he wears it. 

silver men's locket worn by a male model

Add two photos of you and your dad to a Lily Blanche men’s round locket in silver or gold to remind him of you love and of how much he means to you. Engrave his initial and/ or a date on the reverse of the locket to make it extra personal. You will really tug his heart strings.

men's silver chain bracelet worn on a male model

A simple gold or silver paperclip bracelet (with matching necklace) is a perfect way to make a small but meaningful Father’s Day gesture. Every time he glances at his wrist, he will remember the special bond you share.

men's gold hammered ring worn on a male model

Rings have special meaning and significance in many cultures. The gift of a ring symbolises a lifelong bond between giver and recipient. For this reason, Lily Blanche simple hammered rings in silver or gold vermeil are wonderful Father’s Day gifts.


men's gold st Christopher necklace on leather book

The Lily Blanche solid 9 carat gold or sterling silver St Christopher’s pendant is a sentimental and meaningful Father’s Day gift. The St Christopher’s pendant is the traditional pendant to keep the wearer safe on life’s adventures.


How To Say Happy Father’s Day In Different Languages

  1. English: Happy Father's Day
  2. Spanish: ¡Feliz Día del Padre!
  3. French: Joyeuse Fête des Pères
  4. German: Alles Gute zum Vatertag
  5. Italian: Buona Festa del Papà
  6. Portuguese: Feliz Dia dos Pais
  7. Dutch: Gelukkige Vaderdag
  8. Russian: С Днём отца! (S Dnyom ottsa!)
  9. Chinese (Mandarin): 父亲节快乐 (Fùqīn jié kuàilè)
  10. Japanese: 父の日おめでとうございます (Chichi no hi omedetō gozaimasu)
  11. Arabic: عيد أب سعيد (Eid Ab Saeed)
  12. Hindi: पिता दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ (Pitā Divas kī śubhkāmnāẽ)
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