Father’s Day in Mexico is also a day to honor grandfathers, stepfathers, big brothers and any other important men in the family.
Father’s Day, or Día del Padre, is a celebration in Mexico that takes place each year on the third Sunday of June, just as it does in many other countries, including the United States. Although it is not one of Mexico’s official federal public holidays, it has become very widespread culturally during modern times and today Father’s Day is celebrated among families each year in cities and towns throughout Mexico.
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Similar to Mother’s Day and Children’s Day in Mexico, Día del Padre is centered on honoring the ties of family and typically involves buying gifts or cards, along with spending time and doing nice things for fathers and other male role models throughout the day. Most communities in Mexico will also have family-friendly community events to celebrate Father’s Day, including pot-luck lunches, games and fun runs, while many schools will also organize a variety of family-friendly activities, such as displaying special artwork made just for Dad, singing, acting out plays and a variety of other types of group entertainment. In addition, keep in mind that many local restaurants and shops will offer specials and discounts for dads on Father’s Day in Mexico, so be sure to check around and make reservations at one of his favorite places, or opt to check out somewhere new the entire family has been wanting to try.
As you may have guessed, in Mexico Día del Padre is also a day to honor grandfathers, stepfathers, big brothers and any other important men in the family, which helps the celebration to take on a more grand and festive vibe than what is typically found in the U.S. Also, in families throughout Mexico an enormous spread of food is typically prepared early in the day – including all of Dad’s favorites, of course – as well as traditional pan dulce (sweet bread served with delicious toppings) for dessert.
Father’s Day also happens to fit in perfectly with the Mexican people’s traditionally deep sense of family, which has strong foundations in the concept of unity and places great value upon spending quality time together. In short, Father’s Day in Mexico has grown in popularity and remains an important day of the year for families nationwide because it gives everyone a chance to honor all of the most important men in their lives.
The idea of Father’s Day is believed by some to have stemmed from pagan sun worship, since many branches of paganism view the sun as the “father” of the universe and the June solstice occurs around the same time as Father’s Day. The celebration as we know it, however, is believed to have originated in the United States during the early 1900s, but since then it has taken root in many other countries, including Mexico.
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