Father’s Day was built on the foundation of honouring fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence fathers have on society at large. Although the special occasion is celebrated all around the world, Father’s Day remains rooted in traditions that vary from country to country.
In Germany, Father’s Day coincides with a public holiday known as “Christi Himmelfart” or Ascension Day. In the Middle Ages, Father’s Day was introduced as a holy event that commemorated God, the Heavenly Father. Around 1700, the holiday turned into the original Father’s Day as we know it, where each father of a family was celebrated. In fact, the father of a family with the most children would be looked up upon and honoured, and ultimately be gifted with a large ham.
During the 19th century, Father’s Day furthermore evolved and became “Männertag,” which was linked to a ‘Boys Day Out.’ In Germany, where this is widely celebrated, Father’s Day refers to friends getting together and consuming a considerable amount of alcohol together. Some of the popular festive activities include pub tours, visiting numerous Biergartens, drinking and singing in the beer halls. Wherever you may be, let us remember to always honour our fathers and celebrate the influence they’ve not only had on us, but on our communities.
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