Father's Day in the Spanish-Speaking World

Quick Answer

¡Feliz Día del Padre!= Happy Father's Day!

What is Día del Padre?

There are días de fiesta(holidays) within every country in the world. While most of these holidays differ greatly between nations, there are some holidays that are celebrated worldwide. El Día del Padre(Father’s Day) is observed in most cultures as a way to honor our fathers and those who fulfill the father-figure role.

Father’s Day was founded in the United States in 1910 and quickly gained popularity in Mexico and in the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. The date when Father's Day is celebrated varies from country to country. Many Spanish-speaking cultures celebrate it on the third Sunday in June, like in the United States. Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans celebrate Father’s Day on other dates in June, while Spaniards and Hondurans celebrate it on May 19th, a date that coincides with el Día de San José (Saint Joseph's Day). Saint Joseph is a biblical figure who is said to have been the foster father of Jesus.

Click here to read about a year of celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries.

Father’s Day Traditions

Let’s take a look at how Father’s Day is celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world!

  • Most Spanish-speaking families celebrate Father’s Day with a meal featuring authentic foods, such as pastel de tres leches(tres leches cake).
  • Young children typically give homemade regalos(gifts) they make at school.
  • In Mexico, Father’s Day is celebrated with some healthy competition. Fathers and children participate in soccer games, sack races, and even a 21-kilometer carrera(race) in Mexico City.

Things to Say to Your Father on Father’s Day

Here is a list of phrases you can use to express your gratitude on Father’s Day:

PhraseTranslation
Te quiero.or Te amo.I love you.
¡Eres el mejor, papá!
You’re the best, Dad!
Eres el mejor papá del mundo.
You’re the best dad in the world.
Eres mi héroe.
You’re my hero.
Significas el mundo para mí.
You mean the world to me.
Te aprecio.
I appreciate you.

Types of Fathers

It's important to recognize that not every family is a traditional nuclear family. Father's Day is dedicated to anyone who fulfills the father-figure role. Let’s take a look at a list of the various family members who are honored on Father’s Day.

Family membertranslation
abuelo
grandfather
bisabuelo
great-grandfather
padrastro
stepfather
padre adoptivo
adoptive father
padre biológico
biological father
padre de acogida
foster father
padrino
godfather
tío
uncle