Father´s day in Germany

Once a year, on Ascension Day, Germany celebrates the Father´s Day. Depending on the region in Germany, it has different names and different customs.

Knowing the origin of the Father’s Day and practicing it for a while now, we know it’s a day we call our father, honor him with a present and try to spend some time with him. Sounds fun but wait until you hear how Germans celebrate their fathers…

Understanding what your dad has done for you, how much he went through with you and how hard he has worked, “Vatertag” (German for Father’s Day) gives all fathers (and all men in general) the day off!

In Sachsen, it is called “Männertag” which means “Men´s Day”, in Mecklenburg it is called “Herrentag”, which means “Gentlemen’s Day”.
Initially, it was a day for fathers to have a day of honor with their families, but it has evolved into a “guy´s day”, where men celebrate for themselves, without their women and families.

Specially in the north of Germany, you will see groups of men, often pulling a “Bollerwagen”, a handcart with them, full of beers or other alcoholic beverages and music. On this day the men do not go into a bar or some other place, but do a trip around with their pals. In big cities you will see them in parks. In the countryside, they go and travel small roads out of their home villages. Drinking is an essential part of this journey, so the men get more and more drunk as the day passes.

In north Germany many of them play a popular game called “Boßeln”, “street bowling”. In this game you throw a wooden or plastic ball of around 400-500gr weight down a street, as far as you can. There are specific rules for this game, but they all end up with all the participants getting drunk..

In these days, with corona rules still applying, the police will be very busy today controlling the regulations of hygiene.

Happy Father’s Day!

For us Greeks Father’s Day is on the third Sunday of June.

So hold on “Babades” (Daddies) in Greece your day is still to come!