Happy Fathers Day in New Zealand is a special day to recognize and celebrate the role fathers play in our life. Whether it’s your Dad, step-Dad, foster Dad or just a special father figure who has helped you along the way, Father’s Day NZ is your chance to say ‘Thank You’.
Father’s Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 4 September 2022 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in New Zealand. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the third Sunday of June. In Australia and New Zealand Father’s Day is on the first Sunday in September. In Thailand it is celebrated on December 5, which is the birthday of the country’s king. Brazilian dads are honored on the second Sunday of August.
And when is Father’s Day NZ?
Father’s Day will be celebrated in New Zealand on Sunday, 4 September 2022.
How did Father’s Day start?
The history of Father’s Day dates back to the early 1900s, and was partly inspired by the unofficial Mother’s Day services which began in 1908. These Mother’s Day services prompted many people to arrange similar services to recognise fathers.
While many services were arranged in the next couple of years, the most widely noted was organised in Washington, by Mrs Sonora Dodd. Mrs Dodd wanted to pay tribute to her late father, William Smart, who became a single parent when her mother died in childbirth. William Smart raised 6 children on his own, which was an unusual feat at that time.
Originally Mrs Dodd wanted to hold the memorial service on the anniversary of her father’s death, June 5th 1910, however this did not leave organisers enough time to prepare a service. Instead the service was arranged to be held on the June 19th, and this has became known as the first Father’s Day.
While services continued every year, it was not until 1924 that President Coolidge recommended Father’s Day as a national holiday. It took 48 years from that recommendation, before Father’s Day was officially recognised by President Nixon in 1972.
What day is Father’s Day in New Zealand?
A lot of people ask what day is Father’s Day celebrated in New Zealand. Most countries follow the United States tradition and celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June, however New Zealand and Australia celebrate Father’s Day on the 1st Sunday in September.
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In2021, Father’s Day in New Zealand is on the 5th of September.
In 2022, Father’s Day will be celebrated on the 4th of September.
In 2023, Father’s Day will be celebrated on 3rd of September.
Other cultures around the world coincide Father’s Day with other celebrations in their community. In Germany it is celebrated on Ascension Day (40 days after Easter), in the Roman Catholic tradition it is St Josephs Day (March 19), and in Thailand it is the king’s birthday (December 5).
How is Father’s Day celebrated?
Father’s Day around the world is a chance for sons and daughters to pay tribute to their Dads. While for most countries there are no set traditions, it often involves a nice meal, presents, and a chance for Dad to put their feet up.
In Germany, Dads take part in a Father’s Day hike. Groups of men hike into the forest dragging a wagon full of wine or beer, and local foods. On reaching their destination they have a Father’s Day feast. Perhaps we should keep this tradition a secret from kiwi Dads?
Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day
Father’s Day is all about making Dad feel special, and letting him know how much you appreciate the role he plays in your life. Think of Dad’s favorite things, and organize a special gift or outing surrounding that theme. Here are some art and craft ideas to get you started – and check out these really great and simple Father’s Day best ideas to make dad’s day!
Happy Fathers Day Quotes
“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” — Unknown
“The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.” — J ustin Ricklefs
“It is a wise father that knows his child.” — William Shakespeare
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” — George Herbert
“A girl’s first true love is her father.” — Marisol Santiago
“A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” — Susan Gale
“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.” — Dimitri the Stoneheart
“Fathers just have a way of putting everything together.” — Erika Cosby
“Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing father.” — Unknown
“To her, the name of father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern
“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert
“No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word―father.” — Lydia Maria Child
“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” — Steve Martin
“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” — Linda Poindexter
“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” — Unknown
“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.” — Dan Pearce
“Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.” — John Mayer
“My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be.”- Cher Lloyd
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