Fête des Pères, is Father’s Day in France as you may have guessed
We celebrate Fête des Peres (Father’s Day) in France every third Sunday in June. To start, Father’s Day is not a public holiday, so if your pêre (dad) works Sundays, he may want to take the day off. For me, Father’s Day is extra special. I get to celebrate my Dad, my Stepdad, and my husband all in one day.
The holiday has religious origins in France.
It’s no surprise that France has been celebrating Father’s Day since the Middle Ages during its Catholic days. The origin of “Fêtes des Pères” in France, centers around St. Joseph, the “foster father” to Jesus Christ. Celebrating Father’s Day was religious due to its roots. Now, the festival has less spiritual meaning and more commercial influence.
I credit this to the secularism and religious freedoms (laïcité) in France.
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Has Fête des Pères become too commercialized?
I often wonder how American has influenced holidays around the world. Holidays that may have had “pure” intentions now have turned into commercialized wants. I’ve seen this happen with Christmas and Easter and, of course, Valentine’s Day. My belle-mere, MC, always tells me about how Mothers and Fathers should be celebrated every day and not just one day out of the year.
There are endless materialist commercials around Father’s Day on American TV. Next thing you know, fruitless trinkets instead of the desired meaningful token of love are bought. My parents love getting gifts on Mother’s Day and Fête des Pères, BUT they cherish handwritten or handmade treasures more.
Celebrating on the American or French date?
This year Father’s Day, Fête des Pères in France falls on Sunday, June 21. Unlike for Fête des Meres, Yannick (my French hubby) won’t have to choose which date to celebrate. This year, Father’s Day and Fêtes des Pères are on the same date.
Last month I celebrated Mother’s Day in France this year simply because we were in France when the holiday arrived. There’s something special about celebrating Fête des Mères in France for me. My baby is Franco-American; therefore, a piece of me feels French.
As for Yannick, he’s a native Frenchman, so he will always choose to celebrate on the French date.
Dates for Fête des Pères & Father’s Day in France
- Fête des Pères 2021 – Sunday, 20 June
- Father’s Day 2021: Sunday, June 20
- Fête des Pères 2022 – Sunday, 19 June
- Father’s Day 2022: Sunday, June 19
- Fête des Pères 2023 – Sunday, 18 June
- Father’s Day 2023: Sunday, June 18
- Fête des Pères 2024 – Sunday, 17 June
- Father’s Day 2024: Sunday, June 16
- Fête des Pères 2025 – Sunday, 15 June
- Father’s Day 2025: Sunday, June 15
How was your Father’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.