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June 13th, 2019 | by Serge Cowan

Fathers day is not just unique to the UK

You could argue that you should appreciate your father every day but this Sunday, in several countries including the UK,  is the widely recognised date for thoroughly spoiling your dad so buy him those socks, treat him to a bottle of his favourite tipple or take him out for that lunch.  

If you have ever given your email address to a restaurant, you’ll suddenly receive a plethora of emails recommending their set menu to celebrate Fathers’ Day and let’s face it, the UK weather doesn’t look as though it’s going to lend itself to a BBQ as nice as that would be!!  

Of course Fathers’ Day is not celebrated worldwide on a Sunday in June every year.  Amazingly, it is celebrated in 111 countries although dates vary.  The UK has adopted the US date which is the third Sunday in June.  Other countries that celebrate on that same date include countries where we sell properties: Barbados, France, Cyprus and places as far afield as Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago.

In France, fathers receive various gifts many of which may be home made and also roses which are the significant flower of Father’s Day.  In a clever marketing ploy,  “Flaminaire”, the French lighter manufacturer, introduced the first Father’s Day in 1949 with the slogan ‘Nos papas nous l’ont dit, pour la fête des pères, ils désirent tous un Flaminaire’ translated as ‘Our fathers told us, for father’s day, they all want a Flaminaire’.  

Germany’s version of Father’s Day occurs on the 40th day of Easter or Ascension Day which is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday.  Those who want to participate organise hikes and other gatherings enhanced by a generous supply of food and alcohol so much so that many take the Friday off work to recover!  

If you are of a sporty inclination, you may want to celebrate in Mexico where in addition to conventional gifts and cards, some fathers participate in the 31 kilometre race in Mexico City referred to as those in the know as the “Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan.” You can then celebrate further by enjoying a feast with your family to include Pan Dulce or sweet bread.

In Brazil, it’s all about the meat for the carnivores amongst us.  Celebrated on the second Sunday of August, Dia dos Pais is the day families get together for all-you-can-eat barbecues either at home or at a steakhouse.  

Known as Gorkana Aunsi in Nepal, the day falls between late August and early September and in addition to offering fathers food and gifts, sons show their gratitude by bowing to touch their heads to their fathers feet and daughters touching their heads to their father’s hands.  

One of the most unusual customs take place in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo where families honour their fathers by handing a skeleton outside of their home to symbolise Padre Esqueleto (Father Skeleton) There is a distinct military tone to Russia’s version which is known as ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ and takes place on February 23rd.  Originally a tribute to Russian soldiers, the holiday has evolved to a commemoration for all father figures.  

In Thailand, such is the admiration for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej that Father’s Day is celebrated on his birthday which is 5th December and in Japan, celebrations include a seafood-based meal usually consisting of crab and prawns.  

So if you’re a dad, grandfather, step father, uncle or the pivotal male role in anyone’s life, have a great Father’s Day wherever you are in the world.

While you wait to be brought your breakfast in bed this weekend, if the news is just too repetitive to read, you could do worse than look through our newest properties added this week and drop some subtle hints for the next 12 months, or even better buy an international property for him, as the biggest thank you of all.

Serge Cowan

Serge Cowan

Managing Director and Founder

Serge has an extensive marketing background, after a broadcasting career, Serge moved into marketing where he worked for BSkyB & a number of leading Public Relations agencies.
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