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Father's Day

Father’s Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Father’s Day is a big day for men in Germany. Called Vatertag in German, it is dated to coincide with Ascension Day, which comes on the fortieth day after Easter Sunday and is always a Thursday. Many take the next Friday off too to create a four-day weekend.

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MayThuFather's Day
202226 MayThuFather's Day
202318 MayThuFather's Day
20249 MayThuFather's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In Germany, Father’s Day is also called Men’s Day or Gentlemen’s Day. It is a time when many men go on long hikes, often hauling barrels of beer along with them on specially decorated carts. This tradition seems to stem from an old Ascension Day practice of men being hauled to the town square in a cart, whereupon the mayor would give out a prize to the Dad with the greatest number of kids. Later, the consumption of beer, ham, and other foods became a central focus.

Ascension Day is a public holiday in Germany, while Father’s Day technically is not. But as they fall on the very same day, it makes little practical difference.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202021 MayThuFather's Day
201930 MayThuFather's Day