【2023】When is Father’s Day around the world? Origin, trivia & recommended gifts

Today, we will be discussing when is Father’s Day around the world? I would like to share with you the origin, trivia and gift recommendations!

Father’s Day in Japan is observed on the third Sunday of June, but do you know when and where it started, or if countries around the world have a similar Father’s Day?

Origin of Father’s Day

Father’s Day was born in the United States in 1910.
It is said that Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, who lived in Washington State, had a service held in June, the month of her birth, to honor her father who raised her with only the help of a man.

Sonora’s father was a soldier and raised six children by himself after being demobilized from the Civil War.
Sonora, the youngest of six children, heard a sermon at church one day and learned that Mother’s Day was coming up.

So he petitioned the Pastors’ Association for a day to thank fathers as well as Mothers’ Day.
And with that thought in mind, the first Father’s Day ceremony was held on June 19, 1910.

Incidentally, the reason why the ceremony was held in June is said to be because it was the birth month of Sonoma’s father.
So the origin of Father’s Day came from the desire to “express gratitude” to one’s own father for raising one’s child.

However, it is said that it took as long as six years for this Father’s Day ceremony to spread to the general public.

It is said that it took Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, to deliver a speech at a ceremony in 1916, which made many people aware of Father’s Day, which had not been widely known to many people.

Later, many people came to recognize Father’s Day, and in 1966, Lyndon Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, issued a presidential proclamation praising Father’s Day and designated the third Sunday in June as “Father’s Day.
Finally, in 1972, Father’s Day was officially established as a national day of celebration on the third Sunday in June.

How did Father’s Day in Japan begin?

In the United States, the birthplace of Father’s Day, Father’s Day became a national holiday in 1972, as mentioned earlier, while Father’s Day was first introduced to Japan around 1955 and Mother’s Day around 1949.

At the time, awareness of the event was still low, and it is said that it was not until the 1980s that the event became as common as it is today.

It became widely popular among the general public when commercial establishments such as department stores took up Father’s Day as part of their sales strategy and the Best Father Awards were started to select “nice fathers” from among celebrities.

Origin of the gift to be given

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Flowers such as carnations and hydrangeas are the standard gift for Mother’s Day.
Red carnations, in particular, are probably most often associated with flowers that represent Mother’s Day.
In fact, just like Mother’s Day, there are also standard flowers that are considered symbolic of Father’s Day in Father’s Day gifts.

In the United States, the birthplace of Father’s Day, it is common to give roses on Father’s Day.
This is because the woman (Sonora) who petitioned the pastor’s association to create Father’s Day, introduced earlier, offered a white rose on the grave of her late father.

The carnations for Mother’s Day are usually given as red carnations if the mother is alive and well, and white carnations if she is deceased.
In the United States, Father’s Day is the same as Mother’s Day, with red roses given if the father is alive and white roses if he is deceased.

Japanese Father’s Day Gifts

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I mentioned earlier that in the United States, the birthplace of Father’s Day, red roses are given on Father’s Day.
In Japan, on the other hand, yellow roses are the most common flower given on Father’s Day.
You may have seen yellow roses used in Father’s Day posters and events.

The type of flower to be given as a gift is the same as in the U.S., but why yellow roses instead of red roses?
This is said to be due to the “Father’s Day Yellow Ribbon Campaign” organized by the Japan Father’s Day Committee.

For this event, yellow, a symbol of happiness, joy, and “wishing for the safety of loved ones,” was chosen as the image color for Father’s Day.

This has led to the Japanese tradition of giving yellow roses as a gift on Father’s Day.
Yellow roses have the words “devotion and freshness” in the language of flowers, and are a perfect way to express your gratitude to your father, don’t you think?
However, on the other hand, yellow roses also have negative connotations in the language of flowers, such as “jealousy.
Therefore, if you want to send flowers on Father’s Day with a special focus on the language of flowers, it might be a good idea to write the language of flowers you want to convey with yellow roses on a message card and give them together, or combine them with other flowers that have other languages of flowers you want to convey.

Along with yellow rose gifts, sunflower bouquets and arrangements are popular in Japan.
Sunflowers are one of the flowers that symbolize summer.
Just looking at these round flowers with their beautiful rows of yellow petals, reminiscent of the sun, is enough to cheer you up.

Sunflowers are yellow flowers, the theme color of Father’s Day in Japan.

It is also the perfect flower to give on Father’s Day, as it is summery and fits the image of a father who always brightens up the family.

Sunflowers also have a wonderful language of flowers to give on Father’s Day.
In the language of flowers, sunflowers mean “longing, radiance, adoration, and gazing only at you.
The words “longing” and “gazing only at you” in the language of flowers are likely to express your feelings of respect for your father.

No. 1 Gift in Japan

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Father’s Day is an important day to express our gratitude to fathers who are always working hard for the family.
Knowing its origin will be helpful when choosing a gift.

If you haven’t celebrated Father’s Day much in the past, send yellow roses or sunflowers to your father to say “thank you” for all his hard work.

It may not be common to send flowers to your father, but a bouquet, arrangement, or flower pot is one gift that everyone will appreciate.
Therefore, not only women, but men are also usually happy to receive flowers.

Just as some people enjoy taking pictures of flowers or growing bonsai, men may like flowers more than you think. The same is true for men.

In Japan, as of 2023, the No. 1 most popular gift given along with flowers is alcohol!

Fathers said, “Because my children are now independent and I want to drink alcohol with them,” and “Because it is indispensable to relieve daily fatigue.

Sake and beer were the most popular alcoholic beverages!

There are also gift sets that allow you to compare multiple brands, which is popular among fathers as a way to enjoy a variety of tastes.
Sake and beer are becoming a standard Father’s Day gift because even if the gift giver does not know the recipient’s taste, he or she will be pleased with any of the multiple brands.

If you are not sure what your father likes to drink, or if he is not familiar enough with alcoholic beverages to choose one, you can give him a set that allows him to compare drinks.

It is also recommended to give a gift that is slightly more expensive than what your father usually drinks.
The gift is not the price, but giving a luxury item along with a thank-you gift can convey a more special feeling.

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Today, we would like to introduce the origin of Father’s Day, trivia, and recommended gifts.
If you have not been aware of Father’s Day until now, or if you have been wondering what to give him, we hope this will be helpful.
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