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Father’s Day 2023: When is it celebrated in Mexico and what is its origin?

He Father’s day is celebrated in Mexico -and a large part of Latin America- every third Sunday in Juneso this 2023 the celebration will be the June 18. This date was established to honor and recognize the importance of fathers and their role in the family.

During this day, it is common for families to get together and do special activities to celebrate fathers, such as giving gifts, cards, prepare special meals or just spend time together.

However, although Father’s Day becomes more important each year, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) points out that only the 50 percent of Mexicans celebrate this dayfar removed from the 70 percent who celebrate Mother’s Day.

In Mexico, there are 44.9 million men aged 15 and over, of them, 21.2 million (47 percent) identified themselves as parents of at least one daughter or son residing in the same home, according to the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

The average age of the parents was 45 years. Twenty-five percent of the population that reported being a father was between 30 and 39 years old and 26 percent indicated that they were between 40 and 49 years old, according to INEGI data.

Why is Father’s Day celebrated in the month of June?

The origin of Father’s Day dates back to the year of 1910in Washington, the capital of the United States, in memory of Henry Jackson Smarta US civil war veteran who took over raising his daughters and sons when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child.

On the first Father’s Day, a June 19, 1910 and in 1924 it became official when the president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge.

In Mexico, the celebration began in 1950 only in schools. Later it became generalized and began to be celebrated at the national level.

Is Father’s Day considered a holiday in Mexico?

In Mexico on Father’s Day is not a public holiday It’s not an official holiday.

The Federal Labor Law indicates in Article 74 the days of obligatory rest:

  • 1 of January New Year)
  • The first Monday of February in commemoration of February 5 (Mexican Constitution Day)
  • The third Monday of March in commemoration of March 21 (Benito Juárez’s birthday)
  • May 1 (International Labor Day)
  • September 16 (Independence Day)
  • The third Monday of November in commemoration of November 20 (Mexican Revolution Day)
  • 25th December, Christmas)

With information from Bloomberg

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