Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Father's Day Traditions

We were interested in getting a bit more of the history behind origin of Father's Day. After some research we have found that the earliest record of a Father’s Day celebration is in the ruins of Babylon. A young boy carved a Father’s Day card into clay 4,000 years ago. Due to this act of kindness for his father, this tradition continued for thousands of years. Ever since this day in Babylon, the world honors father’s all over the world, expressing their love and affection for them.

Many cultures around the world celebrate Father’s Day, although what many people don’t know is that Father’s Day is recognized on different days in different countries. Not only are the dates of Father’s Day different, customs and traditions may also be different.

An interesting tradition we found for celebrating Father’s Day was in Germany. It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called "Men's day"or "Gentlemen's day". It is tradition to do a males-only hiking tour with a small wagon, called a "Bollerwagen", which is pulled by the men. The wagon is filled with wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food (Leberwurst (Liverwurst), Blutwurst (Blood Sausage), vegetables, eggs, etc.) Many men will use this holiday to get their drink on. This holiday usually results in groups of men celebrating, many of which are buzzed, roaming the streets all day.

In the US we are more accustomed to the tradition of Father's Day being spent with family. Although we had fun exploring how other cultures spend their Father's Day. Please share any of your unique Father's Day traditions with us, we would love to hear!

Have a great rest of your week planning for Father's Day... and do it comfortably in Jambu™'s!

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