It’s Father’s Day in Australia! Here in Australia and New Zealand, we celebrate it on the third Sunday of September.
Father’s Day Around the World
Father’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. The most popular date for Father’s Day seems to be the third Sunday in June – Many Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, China, Malaysia and Vietnam, follow USA, Canada, UK and observe Father’s Day on this date.
In Taiwan, Father’s Day is celebrated on 8 August as the Mandarin word for eight is ‘八ba’, which sounds like 爸 and 八八节 sounds like爸爸节. These words don’t sound the same in Cantonese though.
Father’s Day craft
Great opportunity to make a present and a card for dad! Check out these two crafts from Hing Hing Sone Sone Cantonese輕輕鬆鬆廣東話. The video instructions and the craft template are available from their website. (If you are not familiar with Hing Hing Song Song and their plethora of free Cantonese Resources, check out our review).
If you are doing other crafts and cards, it is quite easy to just add some Chinese words. See below for some text to choose from.
Father’s Day wishes and things to say
我愛爸爸 ngo5 ngoi3 baa1 baa1 – I Love Daddy
爸爸, 我愛你 baa1 baa1 , ngo5 ngoi3 nei5 – Daddy, I love You
父親節快樂 fu6 can1 zit3 faai3 lok6 – Happy Father’s Day
爸爸祝你節快樂 baa1 baa1 zuk1 nei5 zit3 faai3 lok6 – Daddy, Wish you a Happy Father’s Day
And for the Grandpas…
我愛公公 ngo5 ngoi3 gung1 gung1 – I love (Maternal) Grandpa
我愛爺爺 ngo5 ngoi3 je4 je4 – I love (Paternal) Grandpa
公公, 我愛你 gung1 gung1 , ngo5 ngoi3 nei5 – (Maternal) Grandpa, I love You
爺爺, 我愛你je4 je4 , ngo5 ngoi3 nei5 – (Paternal) Grandpa, I love You
Father’s Day printables
And a great time to sneak in exposure to Chinese characters. Here are some printables of signs for download – 我愛爸爸, 我愛公公, 我愛爺爺, and 父親節快樂. There are three variations –
- Father’s Day Printable with Chinese Characters and dotted lines
- Father’s Day Printable with Chinese Characters and stroke order
- Father’s Day Printable with outline of the Chinese characters
You can colour, draw, trace, use stickers, paint and stick it on the wall! Or make them into a card, bunting and so forth.