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How is Father’s Day celebrated in Poland? Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Calendar, family, Holidays

Father’s Day is almost here! It may seem like the holiday is all about delicious BBQ and gifting a beautiful tool kit, there’s more to it. Father’s Day (Dzień Ojca) is a holiday that honors fathers and celebrates fatherhood. In most countries, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. However, in some countries it is observed on other days. Poland celebrates this holiday on June 23.

The exact origin of Father’s Day has been disputed. Most believe it began with Sonora Dodd, from Washington, who came up with the idea after hearing the Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 and thinking why the dads didn’t have their own day too. She and her siblings had been raised by their father after their mum died in childbirth.

Other people argue it was Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia, who suggested celebrating the day in 1908. She apparently put the suggestion forward after a mine explosion in a nearby town killed more than 360 men – the idea being it was a day for children to remember their fathers.

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In Poland it wasn’t until 1965 when Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time.  It is definitely not as popular as Mother’s Day, but it is getting more and more attention every year.

Anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. Fathers play a role in every child’s life that cannot be filled by others. This role can have a large impact on a child and help shape him or her into the person they become. Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being.

Take a look at this video with subtitles in both Polish and English. Hopefully it will give you some ideas on how to wish amazing things to your fathers in Polish:)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


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