Why Aussies celebrate Father’s Day on a different day


Father’s Day is September 2, 2018 in Australia. But did you know Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are the only four countries in the world to celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September?

This article answers your Father’s Day questions and explains why Australians choose to say, “thanks Dad” on a different day to the rest of the world.

When is Father’s Day?

Australians celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. If you’re in one of 70 other countries worldwide that celebrates Father’s Day (including the UK and USA), you’re most likely celebrating on the third Sunday in June.

According to an archived newspaper article in 1936, Father’s Day in Australia was confirmed as “a new day for the calendar” on this day with the hope it would become as popular as Mother’s Day.

Why the 3-month difference?

There are two thoughts on why Australia celebrates Father’s Day on a different day to most countries.

It may be due to a delay in information. By the time we heard about Father’s Day in news reports from the US all those years ago, and took the time to discuss and consider the idea, we were months behind the June date. So, instead of waiting a whole year to celebrate Father’s Day, it was simply placed later in the calendar.

Another theory suggests it all comes down to marketing. By placing Father’s Day in September, retailers have given us a breather from all the celebrations and holidays happening through April–June including Easter long weekend, Anzac Day, Mother’s Day, and the Queen’s Birthday.

The spring season also plays into the hands of retailers, who can spruik outdoor and adventure gear for dads who love sport, camping, and fishing.

There are some suggestions Father’s Day may originate in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the Sun as the father of the universe. Father’s Day in some countries is on the third Sunday of June, which is close to the June solstice.

What are you doing this Father’s Day?

No matter what you think the driving force behind the celebration was, you can’t deny it’s handy having a calendar day to remind us how lucky we are to have our dads. It’s an opportunity to show Dad how much we appreciate his love, help, and wisdom.

It’s no surprise to see families take advantage of the new spring season and head out with Dad for the day, treating him with gifts. In fact, there’s an abundance of socks and jocks gifted on the day, Father’s Day spending is now out performing Mother’s Day!

In 2016, spending on Father’s Day increased by eight per cent in comparison with Mother’s Day, which was only up five per cent.


Australians celebrate Father’s Day in September as opposed to June like the UK and USA. This may be because of delayed information – by the time we heard about Father’s Day from the US it had come and gone – or a clever marketing strategy. By having Father’s Day in September, Aussie consumers have plenty of time to recover from the packed celebrations earlier in the year.

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Posted: 24 Aug 2018


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