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El Dia del Padre - Learn Father's Day Terms in Spanish

written by: Rebecca Scudder • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 5/24/2014

Learn the correct Spanish words to celebrate your father. In addition, discover the origins of the holiday, which determine the different dates for Father's day in different Spanish speaking countries.

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    Origins and Traditions

    El Dia del Padre - Learn Father's Day Terms in Spanish In Spain and Portugal, El Dia del Padre is celebrated on March 19. The religious background is that the date is the name day of Joseph, or San Jose, the father of Christ.

    Many Latin American countries follow the American tradition of celebrating Father's Day on the third Sunday of June. That date originates with Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. While listening to a Mother's Day sermon on the radio in 1908, she thought that fathers deserved the same honor. On June 19, 1910, she established the tradition, but it took a long time for the celebration to catch on. President Calvin Coolidge backed a bill in 1924 and Father's Day became an official holiday in the United States. The date was adopted by such Latin American countries as Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay, among many others.

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    Spanish Vocabulary Related to Father's Day

    El dia del padre - Father's Day

    querido papa - dear dad

    te quiero - I love you

    El padre - father

    El tio - uncle

    El abuelo - grandfather

    El hijo - son

    La hija - daughter

    La nieta - granddaughter

    El nieto - grandson

    Los padres - parents

    celebrar - to celebrate

    El regalo - gift

    El ramo de flores - bunch of flowers

    La tarjeta - card

    La sorpresa - surprise

    El carino - love

    El amor - love

    El beso - kiss

    El abrazo - hug

    El dia festivo - holiday

    La cena - dinner

    La vela - candle

    La tradicion - tradition

    religioso - religious

    La iglesia - church

    La poema - poem

    El protector - protector

    La familia - family

    El bien estar - well being

    vigilar - to watch

    Ganar la vida - to make a living

    querer - to love

    padre no hay mas que uno! - you have only one father

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    Along with fathers, uncles and grandfathers are honored and praised on Father's Day. The idea is that they are all protectors of the family, (at least theoretically) earn the living and watch over the family's wellbeing. Celebrations of Father's Day not only include the children, but also the mothers. The entire family makes it a special day for Daddy, giving him cards, flowers and gifts. Many restaurants in Spain serve a special Father's Day menu in the evening.

    Sweets and cakes play an important role, often decorated with icing depicting good wishes or even short poems. Enjoy the last line from an anonymous Father's Day poem:

    Quiereme y dimelo

    Me gusta oirtelo decir!

    Love me and tell me so,

    I like to hear you say it!