Father's Day Australia 2020
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fatherhood in all its forms - both individual fathers and the impact of fathers on society. In European Catholic countries it is celebrated as Saint Joseph’s Day on March 19th. This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages. In the USA, Father’s Day was first established by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910. Though the date varies across the world, it is often observed during March, May or June.
Although only recently founded in a modern form, Father’s Day does have historical precedents. In the Orthodox Church, the second Sunday before Christmas has been celebrated as Sunday of the Forefathers for centuries.
In Catholic Europe, a traditional day to celebrate fatherhood has been traced back to at least 1508. This occurs on March 19 as the feast day of Saint Joseph. The custom, which came to America with Spanish and Portuguese immigrants, has been supported by the Catholic Church from as early as the 14th century.
Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September in Australia. This is the first Sunday of spring. Children often prepare for the day by handcrafting gifts and cards for their fathers at school. It is a significant retail event, with companies releasing special offers for fathers in the lead up. Families usually celebrate together on the day, sharing gifts, and often a meal, to show their appreciation.
Father’s Day accompanies other celebrations dedicated to family members; Mother’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents’ Day, among others. Alongside Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is also celebrated in many countries. This occurs on November 19, and recognises men as well as boys.
In 2020, Father's Day will be celebrated in Australia on Sunday, September 6.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Father's Day In Australia
Why is Father's Day different around the world?
The most common date for Father’s Day worldwide is June. However, Australia, New Zealand , Fiji and Papua New Guinea celebrate it during September. This places it in a similar season to its American counterpart.
When did Fathers Day start in Australia?
Father’s Day was first celebrated in Australia in 1936. In 1964, the Commonwealth officially marked the day as the first Sunday in September.
Why is Father's Day different in Australia?
Father’s Day is observed in September in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. These nations hold their celebration on a different date for two reasons—so it aligns with spring, and because the first half of the year in Australia is already concentrated with important dates.