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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Father's Day in Germany

Today is Father's Day (Vatertag, Männertag, or Herrentag) in Germany. The day is dedicated to all men and is celebrated on Ascension Day each year. It is like a "boys' day out" and often includes drinking. The custom began in the Middle Ages as a procession dedicated to "Gott, den Vater" (God, our Father).

For more information, see the links below:
Etwas für den Vatertag (in English)
Father's Day and Vatertag
Germans observe Ascension Day, Father’s Day Thursday
Why you need to go “German” on this year’s Father’s Day

My great-grandfather John (Johann) Schneider with his father, my great-great-grandfather Carl Joseph Schneider, in Germany

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