Father’s Day is celebrated in Spain on the 19th of March, coinciding also with the celebration of Saint Joseph’s Day. From Students Global Relocation we want to clear up all the possible doubts that may arise around this celebration. Why is this day celebrated? In which communities is it a public holiday? What to give your father for this day? Let’s start!

This date dedicated to all fathers was not chosen at random. Father’s Day is celebrated in Spain on 19 March for religious reasons. This is because it coincides with the feast of Saint Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus according to the Catholic religion. It is also celebrated on the same date in some of our neighbouring countries, such as Italy, Andorra, Portugal and Morocco.

However, the date on which Father’s Day is celebrated is not the same in all countries. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Other countries such as France, the United Kingdom and some Latin American countries also adopt the American date for Father’s Day. In this way, they leave 19 March free for the celebration of Men’s Day, which is celebrated in Spain on 19 November.

In which Spanish regions is Father’s Day a public holiday?

This year 2021 Father’s Day falls on a Friday, so those who can enjoy it will enjoy the Father’s Day long weekend. There will be no work or classes in 7 of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities:

  • Community of Madrid
  • Autonomous Community of Navarre
  • Community of Valencia
  • Extremadura
  • Galicia
  • Basque Country
  • Region of Murcia

What to give for Father’s Day?

Sometimes it is difficult to think of an original gift for a father. From Students Global Relocation we bring you some ideas so that you can surprise your father and show him all your love.

We know that this year things are a bit more complicated due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Spain, the Ministry of Health has decreed a perimeter closure between the 17th and 21st of March. This means that we will not be able to move from the autonomous community where we usually live. You can consult the restrictions in detail in the Boletín Oficial del Estado.

This may be a nuisance for some students who live away from home. However, you should know that there are many ways to show your love to your father despite the distance.

For the gourmets

If your father is a foodie, you can send him an invitation to his favourite restaurant. Knowing your dad, you can even think about which will make him more excited, receiving an invitation by email or by post.

Either way, prepare a full-colour invitation, either handmade or digital. Send it to him and let him set the date. As soon as the health situation allows, you can enjoy a fantastic family evening.

For sporty parents

If your father is a sports lover and, above all, a loyal fan of any sports club, you’ve got it easy. Your dad is sure to be thrilled to receive a package from his favourite team. Even more so if it’s his son who’s sending it to him.

To relive memories

Often the music we listen to when we grow up is influenced by the music our parents played to us when we were kids. I’m sure there are hundreds of different songs that remind you of your father and your childhood.

Why don’t you create a playlist on Spotify with all those songs that remind you of him? Give it an original and personal title, send it to him and you can both relive happy memories from afar.

Happy Father’s Day!


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