Father's Day in Denmark Date in the current year: June 5, 2016

Father's Day in Denmark The Danish fathers annually celebrate Father's Day on June 5. This holiday was adopted from the American tradition and nowadays it's very popular in Denmark.

Father's Day was created by Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. The original date of celebration was June 5, birthday of her father, but the third Sunday in June became widely accepted.

In Scandinavia celebration of Father's Day was adopted in the 1930s. The original American date of celebration, June 5, was used, but the Nordic countries decided to change the date to the second Sunday in November. This foresaw a half-year period between Mother's Day and Father's Day. All Scandinavian countries adopted the new date, but the only one country that fell out of line was Denmark. The government forgot to inform the press and public, that the day of celebration was changed, that is why Father's Day remained on the same day, as it had been.

Celebration of Father's Day in Denmark coincides with another national public holiday, Constitution Day.

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