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When is Father’s Day in Japan?

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Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is fixed as “XXX day of XXX month”. Mother’s Day is somehow recognizable because it is thought of as being after the May holidays.

However, Father’s Day is usually celebrated after Mother’s Day, and the idea of celebrating Mother’s Day first can lead to inadvertently celebrating Father’s Day. …… No, we should not do that.

To avoid that, let’s take a look at the origin of Father’s Day while checking the date of this year’s Father’s Day.

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When is Father’s Day in 2022? What day is it?

This year, Father’s Day 2023, will take place on Sunday, June 18.

The date will naturally move, as it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. By the way, let’s look 10 years from next year.

  • 2023 6/18
  • 2024 6/16
  • 2025 6/15
  • 2026 6/21
  • 2027 6/20
  • 2028 6/18
  • 2029 6/17
  • 2030 6/16
  • 2031 6/15
  • 2032 6/20

If you gave a Mother’s Day gift in May, you might be thinking, “This Sunday is Father’s Day! You may be thinking, “This Sunday is Father’s Day!

If you’re done giving Mother’s Day gifts in May, you might say, “This Sunday is Father’s Day!” If you are done with Mother’s Day gifts in May, you might say, “This Sunday is Father’s Day!

Why not make Father’s Day a special day in June?

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What is the origin of Father’s Day?

Mother’s Day originated from a prewar holiday called “Jiku-tsushi = Empress’s Birthday,” and in 1931, March 6, Jiku-tsushi, was designated as Mother’s Day.

After World War II, with the influx of American culture, the second Sunday in May became Mother’s Day.

It is believed that “Father’s Day” also spread in Japan along with “Mother’s Day” after the war.

However, Father’s Day does not have a uniquely Japanese history, as “Jikutoshi” is “Mother’s Day. In other words, it is a foreign culture.

Let us look at the history of Father’s Day in the United States.

Origin of “Father’s Day” in the U.S.

1916 Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, gave a Father’s Day address in Spokane, which led to the recognition of Father’s Day.

1966 Lyndon Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in an Executive Order.

1972 Father’s Day officially becomes a national holiday in the United States.

Mother’s Day became a national holiday in the United States in 1914, and Father’s Day became a national holiday about 60 years later.

Also, while the flowers given on Mother’s Day are carnations, the flowers for Father’s Day are considered roses. This is said to be because Sonora Smart Dodd offered a white rose before her father’s grave on Father’s Day!

As for the color of flowers given on Father’s Day, yellow has become more common in recent years.

This is said to be due to the influence of the color yellow, which was considered “the color of protection” in ancient England and eventually spread throughout the world.

Also, Father’s Day gifts are increasingly being given not only flowers, but also yellow ribbons.

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Father’s Day Around the World

Each country around the world has its own Father’s Day, with different dates and different events.

By far, however, the most common is the third Sunday in June. Here are a few countries that observe this day as Father’s Day

  • Ireland
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • Ukraine
  • Ecuador o Netherlands
  • Ecuador o Netherlands
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Greece
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • China
  • Chile
  • Turkey
  • Japan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Puerto Rico
  • France
  • Venezuela
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Mexico

Many Catholic countries have also established March 19, Father’s Day, as St. Joseph’s Day. Joseph was the adoptive father of Jesus.

  • Andorra
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Bolivia
  • Portugal
  • Honduras
  • Mozambique
  • Liechtenstein


  • Father’s Day in 2023 is Sunday, June 18.
  • After the war, the third Sunday in June was designated as Father’s Day, following the United States.

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