Father´s Day In Germany

Vatertag / Father´s Day

Tomorrow, the 14th of May is Father´s Day here in Germany. I forgot about it until I saw the telly, telling me what holiday we will be having. Yes, Father´s Day is a public holiday in Germany. No work, no school and no shops open. Well, the restaurants are and some amusement centers.

After listening to the telly, I thought, why not write Father´s Day hub. I have already written about Mother´s Day, so why not write about how we celebrate this holiday in Germany. Fathers are also important in our lives. I know it´s not of the same date we celebrate this all over the world and I know most of the other countries don´t have this day as an official public holiday like we have.

Food For Father´s Day Party or Picnic

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Cupcakes with butter icing.Laugenbrezel SandwichHealthy fruit salad with nuts.
Cupcakes with butter icing.
Cupcakes with butter icing. | Source
Laugenbrezel Sandwich
Laugenbrezel Sandwich | Source
Healthy fruit salad with nuts.
Healthy fruit salad with nuts. | Source

Facts About Vatertag / Father´s Day

  1. Germans Father´s Day is celebrated on Ascension Day which is called Christi Himmelfahrt in German language. The day when Jesus ascended to heaven to meet God, the Heavenly Father, after His crucifixion.
  2. It started in the Middle Ages when the catholic religious people honoured God, the Almighty Father by having a procession in town on the Ascension day, which is the 40th day after Easter.
  3. It is celebrated on Thursday, a few days after the Mother´s Day which is the second Sunday of the month of May.
  4. It is an official public holiday in Germany where almost everything is closed like the shops, offices and schools.
  5. Nowadays, Father´s Day is not only celebrated for the fathers but also for all men, single, father or not.
  6. Starting from the 17th century, the catholic Ascension Day celebration becomes a family bonding day to honour the bonds of fathers to his children.
  7. Nowadays, Vatertag or Father´s Day is strongly commercialized and it became a day to get drunk. A booze day for some men. A lot of beers are consumed on this day of the year.
  8. A day when the drivers are strictly controlled and a day when plenty of accidents occur in the streets.


Baked Chicken

Baked chicken baked by yours truly.
Baked chicken baked by yours truly. | Source

Things The Germans Do On Father´s Day

  • It is a family bonding day of some of the Germans. Those who have small children enjoy the day by celebrating it in a park where children can play. Some are having great time by having a grill or barbecue party in their garden.
  • Fathers with adult children might have a get away party or a bicycle / bus tour with their adult children. Some of them are having a hiking or walking tour in a park or in the woods and pulling the Bollerwagen ( a wooden handcart) with them, with loads of alcoholic beverages and some food in it. (Check the you tube video below.)
  • Single men celebrate Vatertag with their male friends in the park and their fully packed Bollerwagen or they enjoy it in the pub. It´s time for them to get drunk.
  • Vatertag is a holiday to get boozed which is very frightening to think of when men think they can still drive a car.

Walking on Father´s Day!

Walking in the city of Germany.
Walking in the city of Germany. | Source

Please Vote!

How do you celebrate Father´s Day as a father?

  • Family bonding at home.
  • Eating in a restaurant with your family
  • Having a booze and pulling a cart full of drinks with your friends in the park.
  • Having a picnic somewhere.
  • Go to the bar or pub with your friends.
See results without voting

Have you vote?

Which one of the above you have choosen to vote? For me, family bonding at home or having a picnic in the park with my family is the best of all. I am glad that my hubby does not like celebrating Vatertag / Father´s Day with a booze as it would be horrible for me as I don´t like the smell of a drunk man. Father´s Day is just a normal day for us.

BBQ at Home

BBQ with chicken wings, chicken legs and sausages.
BBQ with chicken wings, chicken legs and sausages. | Source

Ideas For A BBQ Party At Home

Food
Drinks
Games
Beefsteaks
Wine
Scrabble
Hamburger
Beer
Monopoly
Chicken Wings or Legs
Water
Chees
Fruit Salad
Mineral Water
Pantomime
Fruits
Juices
 
Fried Rice
Tea
 
Potato Salad
Coffee
 
Vegetable Salad
 
 
Chips, Bread
 
 
Cakes, cupcakes, cakepops
 
 
Peanuts and other nuts
 
 
Sausages
 
 
This is my idea on how I will celebrate Father´s Day with my family.

Gift Ideas for Father´s Day

Buying a gift for a man is very difficult compared to buying a gift for a woman unless you know him very well. Of course, family bonding is one of the best gifts a son or daughter can give to a father. Here are some gift ideas.

  • A bottle of his favourite wine.
  • His favourite after shave or perfume.
  • Chocolate
  • A CD or video of a movie he would love to see.
  • Pajama or T-shirt
  • Something for his hobby like a painting colour when his hobby is painting.
  • Seeds when he is a hobby gardener.
  • A book he would love to read.

Restaurants and Places

Click thumbnail to view full-size
An awesome view from Herrenchiemsee, Bavaria, GermanyStir fry food at the Chinese restaurant.Eating German food at the Bavarian restaurant.Taking a boat cruise at Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany.
An awesome view from Herrenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany
An awesome view from Herrenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany | Source
Stir fry food at the Chinese restaurant.
Stir fry food at the Chinese restaurant. | Source
Eating German food at the Bavarian restaurant.
Eating German food at the Bavarian restaurant. | Source
Taking a boat cruise at Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany.
Taking a boat cruise at Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany. | Source

Goodbye!

Thank you very much for reading. Do you have your Father´s Day this month in your country? Do you celebrate it the way we do here in Germany or do you have another tradition? I will update this hub every now and then when I find something I can add. Please don´t forget to comment. Have a lovely day!

HAPPY FATHER´S DAY!!!

Sources: You Tube Videos and Wikipedia.

Father´s Day Video

The Modern Father´s Day Celebration

© 2015 Thelma Alberts

More by this Author


28 comments

colorfulone profile image

colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

Oh, all that food sure looks yummy on the grill. Sounds to me like Father's Day is a very special holiday in Germany too. It sure is here in the states.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Hi colorfulone! Yes, it's a special day here in Germany. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Have a nice Day


drbj profile image

drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

How interesting, Thelma, to learn that Germany has a Father's Day holiday and that the Vatertag holiday applies to single men as well.

Your barbecue, BTW, looks very appetizing.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Yes, it is indeed very interesting. I thought at first this Vatertag is only for the fathers but it´s not. The bbq was yummy and every time I see those photos above makes me hungry. LOL! Thanks for the comment drbj.


MsDora profile image

MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

I like the fact that all men are honored on Fathers Day. They all play the father's role at sometime. Thanks for sharing your customs and I hope you enjoyed Fathers Day in your family.


Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

Father's Day is yet to come in America but I very much enjoyed reading about yours! Thanks for sharing it with us. ^+


Suzie HQ profile image

Suzie HQ 18 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Thelma,

Our Father's Day is mid June and always a Sunday. When my dad was alive as a family we used to have family meal in or out at a restaurant / hotel. Gifts were similar to those you mentioned, tops, ties and music often the winners!

Hope you had a lovely day and your husband was spoiled rotten!


poetryman6969 profile image

poetryman6969 18 months ago

Another excuse to get drunk and eat smoked meats! I like the idea of Vatertag.

Voted up.

Those cupcakes look wonderful.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment MsDora. Indeed, men celebrate Father´s Day sooner or later in their lives. Have a nice day.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

You are very welcome. Yes, I have read that you have your Father´s Day in June Jackie Lynnley. Thanks for your nice comment. Happy weekend!


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

It´s good to know about your Father´s day celebration Suzie. My hubby doesn´t celebrate Father´s Day for he has his birthday a few days after Father´s Day, which we celebrate with the family. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Happy weekend!


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

LOL! I agree with you poetryman6969. There´s always a reason to get drunk. Thanks for your comment and for your vote. Happy weekend!


wordswithlove profile image

wordswithlove 18 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Very informative, Thelma. I guess, unlike the American Father's Day, Vatertag has religious origins.

Es freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen! Schreiben Sie auch auf Deutsch?

Schoenes Wochenende!


torrilynn profile image

torrilynn 18 months ago

A very well written hub that you have here. I never knew that Father's Day is a public holiday in Germany and that its started as far back as the Middle Ages. thanks for the new information. Best of wishes.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Yes, it has a religious origin. I did not know about that until I made a research about Vatertag. My hubby did not even know that until I told him. I thought it´s like the Father´s Day in the US.

Es freut mich auch Sie kennenzulernen. Ja, ich schreibe auch auf deutsch aber nicht online. Nur Einkaufliste oder Tagebuch.

Thank you wordswithlove. Schönes Wochenende!


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

You are very welcome torrilynn. Researching about Vatertag was very informative for me as I did not know that it was already being practised in the Middle Ages. Best of wishes to you, too.


wordswithlove profile image

wordswithlove 18 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Schoenes Wochenende ebenfalls, Thelma! :)


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much wordswithlove.


sgbrown profile image

sgbrown 17 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Hubby's oldest son always does a BBQ cook-out for him. All the kids and grand kids come and we heat and may have a beer or two, but no one gets drunk. Father's Day is an important day! This was very interesting, I love learning about other cultures and how they celebrate holidays. Up and interesting!


moonlake profile image

moonlake 17 months ago from America

This will be my kids first Father's Day without their Dad. He always loved having them all over for a cookout or we would go to one of their homes. We all miss him.

Interesting hub, voted up.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Sheila aka sgbrown! That is great to have a family bonding day with a BBQ cook out for your hubby. Yes, it is very interesting to know other cultures customs and traditions. Advance Father´s Day celebration to your hubby. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Happy new week ahead!


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany Author

Hi moonlake! Sorry to hear about your lose. I know how painful it is with you and your kids. I hope you will still celebrate Father´s Day in remembrance of your husband. Thanks for your comment and vote. Take care!


ChitrangadaSharan profile image

ChitrangadaSharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub with yummy recipes!

Besides loving your recipe ideas I love the idea of celebrating Father's day. Both father and mother are equally important for the sound development and upbringing of the child.

Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative hub!


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 10 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much for your nice comment ChitrangadaSharan. Yes, both parents are very important for the upbringing of a child. Have a nice day and a happy weekend ahead.


Rachel L Alba profile image

Rachel L Alba 6 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Thelma, What a lovely hub this is, even though I'm reading it a year late. You did give some good ideas of what to put on the grill and what to buy. My father is passed but I do celebrate Father's Day for my husband, he was and still is a great father to our children. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Rachel,

Thank you very much for your visit. I hope I have given you an idea what to cook on the next Fathers Day celebration. Yes, your husband deserves to have a good Fathers Day celebration with you and your children. You are very welcome. Blessings to you and your family, too. Take care.


Vellur profile image

Vellur 5 months ago from Dubai

Great ideas to celebrate Father's Day. Spending time with dad is the best possible gift.


Thelma Alberts profile image

Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany Author

Yes, indeed Vellur. Spending time with our fathers are the best gift we could give . Thanks for your dropping by. Have a great day.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working