Father's Day in Brazil Date in the current year: August 14, 2016

Father's Day in Brazil Father's Day (Dia dos Pais) in Brazil is celebrated on the second Sunday in August. The holiday was created in the mid-1950s by publicist Sylvio Bhering.

Many countries celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday in June, following the example of the United States, but Brazilians have chosen their own date. Bhering suggested that Father's Day be celebrated in mid-August in honor of Saint Joachim, the patron of fathers and grandfathers.

Saint Joachim was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of the Virgin Mary. Although Joahim and Anne are not mentioned in the Bible, their story is told in the apocryphal Gospel of James. The feast day of Saint Joachim was first added to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar in 1584.

Saint Joachim's day has been moved several times. When Sylvio Bhering conceived Father's Day, it was celebrated on August 16, the day after the Assumption of Mary. So it was decided to celebrate Father's Day on the closest Sunday. In 1969, the celebration of St. Joahim's day was moved to July 26, but the date of Father's Day remained unchanged.

Although Father's Day is not an official holiday in Brazil, it is widely celebrated across the country. Its celebration typically involves presenting fathers with gits and family activities.

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