Father’s Day in Germany

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Father's Day in Germany
Father's Day in Germany

 

Father’s Day in Germany and American version is not same. German’s father’s day  has a different origin . Germany’sVatertag began in the Middle Ages as a religious procession honoring “Gott, den Vater” on Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt, usually in May).

Although as late as the 1700s Vatertag was a family day for honoring dad, somehow things went sour and in the 19th century the custom reappeared in Berlin as a less refined and very alcoholic celebration on that same date (5 May 2005, 25 May 2006, 17 May 2007). Today Germany’sVatertag is supposed to be closer to a “boys’ day out” and a pub tour with the guys (Männerrunde) than the more family-oriented Father’s Day in the U.S. In eastern Germany the day is known asHerrentag, but in all parts of Germany, the Herrentag/Vatertag tradition has a bad reputation as a “Sauftag” (“drinking day”). It may make German bar and brewery owners happy, but hardly anyone else. In some regions groups of men (few of them fathers) still go off into the country to have a “Joe Six-Pack” party on Vatertag, but in reality, the German Father’s Day beer bust is largely a thing of the past. While in the past a bunch of drunken men may have been amusing, it is no longer viewed as something funny. Besides, German men today hardly need a holiday excuse to have a few drinks with their buddies.

Austria
Father’s day celebration has a slightly more religious , something like a feast day in the Catholic church. Even more than in the US, the Austrian Vatertag ranks far lower in importance than Muttertag. Father’s Day began in Austria was in 1956.

Switzerland
In Swizerland Father’s Day is almost unknown to them . When it is observed at all, Vatertagseems to be a regional affair, falling either in June or October, but there is no Swiss national holiday for Papa.

Vatertag Dates
• Deutschland/Germany: Christi Himmelfahrt/Ascension Day
• Österreich/Austria: 2nd Sunday in June
• USA: 3rd Sunday in June

 

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