Each year there are celebratory days for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for people to give thanks to the maternal and paternal figures in their lives. In some countries the dates vary, however for the UK Father’s Day is just around the corner.
Father’s Day is celebrated by more than 100 countries worldwide, with the aim of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.
Each country has their own traditions for celebrating Father’s Day, with the day being a recognised Public holiday in Lithuania and some areas of Spain.
While in South Korea, the day is instead celebrated as Parents Day.
In the UK, often gifts are shared, paternal figures visited and BBQs or days out had as a family.
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Variations of this in other countries include:
- Austria and Belgium – Celebrating on the second Sunday in June (June 13, 2021)
- Denmark – June 5, 2021
- Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea & New Zealand – First Sunday in September
Will lockdown restrictions be in place over Father’s Day?
For those wanting to spend time with the paternal figures in their lives, it is good news when it comes to coronavirus restrictions.
While some restrictions remain, those in England are permitted to meet indoors in a group of up to six people, or a group of any size from two households. This includes overnight stays.
For larger groups, you are allowed to meet outside in a group of up to 30 people.
Brits can also stay in hotels, hostels and B&B’s in England if they wish.
Restaurants, bars and pubs can serve groups of up to six or two households of any size, with groups of up to 30 permitted outdoors.
Theme parks, cinemas and zoos have also been allowed to open their doors.
However, the government is calling on Brits to be sensible and stay at home and arrange a Covid test if they have any symptoms.
If you live in the following areas, restrictions apply on travel, meeting indoors and social distancing.
- Bedford Borough Council
- Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Kirklees Council
- Lancashire County Council
- Ribble Valley
- South Ribble
- West Lancashire
- Leicester City Council
- London Borough of Hounslow
- North Tyneside Council
This is due to the increased levels of the Delta variant, which is highly transmissible.
Residents in the above areas should
- Meet outside rather than inside where possible
- Keep two metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
- Minimise travel in and out of affected areas
They also are asked to
- Get tested twice a week for free and isolate if you are positive
- Continue to work from home if you can
- Get vaccinated when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well