On the 5th of June the Swiss Father’s Day gets celebrated. It has been hardly ten years that the special day got introduced in Switzerland – contrary to many other countries. The manly holiday internationally compared.
Made in USA
The Father’s day is once more an invention of the USA. In 1910 Sonora Louisa Dodd decided to thank her father wit a day in his honor; he raised six children all by himself after his wife’s death. The event caused quite a stir and in 1924 then president Calvin Coolidge called for a national Father’s Day. In 1972 president Nixon established the third Sunday of June as the official date. He himself probably hardly celebrated the day – it fell on the weekend of the Watergate burglary, which eventually caused Nixon’s resignation.
In the US, the country of superlatives, it did not remain an ordinary celebration; in 1926 the National Father’s Committee was founded, whose goal it was to nationally anchor the great day. Still today the Committee elects the ‘Father of the year’. In 2015 George W. Bush was among the chosen ones, in 2016 Joe Biden gets the honor.
Different countries, different customs
The Father’s Day is globally spread across the whole year. It begins in Serbia (January) and Russia (February) and closes with Thailand and Bulgaria (December).
Taiwan celebrates its fathers on the 8th of August – the eighth day of the eighth month is pronounced ‘ba ba’, and sounds like ‘dad’ in Mandarin.
In Russia the 23rd of February is only unofficially the Men’s day. The special day was introduced in 1922 by Lenin in honor of the Red Army, which defeated troops of the German Reich in battles at Pskow and Narwa that day. After the fall of the Soviet Union the public holiday got reintroduced in 2002 under the title ‘Day of the Defender of fatherland’.
At the day of new moon between end of August and beginning of September, the Nepalese visit their temples to honor their forefathers. To mark the occasion, the son touches his father’s feet with the forehead as a sign of respect.
In Germany the Father’s Day already gets celebrated since the end of the 19th century at Ascension Day. (Mainly childless and unmarried) fathers celebrate the day by themselves with trips and hikes and a lot of alcohol – the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents often reaches its annual peak on Ascension Day.
Switzerland on the other hand is a latecomer. Only on the 3rd of June 2007 the Father’s Day got introduced by the umbrella association of the Swiss men and father organizations; ‘männer.ch’. The Father’s Day is rather devoted to child-father excursions and is often combined with political demands for better conditions for fathers. Currently the association promotes a campaign for 20 days of paternity leave.
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