Like in previous years, our students have been quite occupied with the question this year on when is Father’s Day 2017 and what would be the best Father’s Day gift ideas for their dads.
Since our school consists of an international student population, the question of when is Father’s Day sparked some interesting responses.
When is Father’s Day 2017 in the US?
If you live in the United States, Father’s Day 2017 is on Sunday, June 18. However, I you live in other parts of the world, the dates for Father’s Day changes.
Unlike some other countries in the world, the United States does not celebrate Father’s Day because of some religious tradition, but to have a similar event for fathers after Mother’s Day.
When is Father’s Day 2017 around the world?
In Germany, Father’s Day 2017 was already on Thursday, May 25. Traditionally, Father’s Day occurs in Germany on Ascension Day, also known as Ascension Thursday or Holy Thursday. The day celebrates the Christian tradition of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
The following countries already celebrated Father’s Day 2017 on March 19 in accordance with Saint Joseph’s Day. In Western Christianity, the day celebrates Saint Joseph, the husband of Virgin Mary and the step-dad of Jesus.
- Belgium (Antwerp)
- Italy (Festa del papà)
- Mozambique (Dia do Pai)
- Portugal (Dia do Pai)
- Spain (Día del Padre)
- Switzerland (Canton Ticino)
In contrast to the above-mentioned exceptions, the majority of countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day 2017, on the third Sunday in June, which is June 18.
Here is a list of some of the countries that also celebrate Father’s Day on June 18:
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom
What are the top Father’s Day gifts?
After our students received a very detailed answer as to when Father’s Day 2017 is, they wanted to know – of course – what would be the best Father’s Day gifts that they could give their dads.
To satisfy our students’ question, we actually interviewed their dads and asked them what they considered to be the best Father’s Day gifts.
What dads had to say about the best Father’s Day gifts
Dads of our younger students commented that they considered the best Father’s Day gifts to be something homemade. Some dads said that they really loved a handprint or footprint of their children, including the date when the print was made.
Dads of our older students mentioned that they really loved any Father’s Day gift – especially if it was personalized. In previous years, some of our students have given their dads Amazon’s personalized leather keychain or personalized coffee mug (with the child’s name on it), engraved pocket knife, or engraved hammer.
In addition to the above personalized items, many dads said that the best Father’s Day gift was being able to spend time with their child on Father’s Day 2017.