Father’s Day in Mexico: Traditions and Origins

Father’s Day in English or “el día del padre” in Spanish is celebrated every third Sunday of June in Mexico. Even though this day is not a national holiday, it is still a significant date that pays tribute to the importance of the father figure in the Mexican family and society.

This special day, which in 2024 falls on June 16, is marked by various activities and traditions that reflect the affection and respect for Mexican fathers.

In this article created by Remitly, we will explore how this day is celebrated in Mexico, considering its origins, similarities, and differences with other global celebrations, and the cultural relevance of this holiday for our Mexican users.

Origins of Father’s Day

Father’s Day has a fairly recent origin compared to other holidays. In the USA, Sonora Smart Dodd is credited with instituting the first Father’s Day on June 19th, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.

The idea arose as a complement to Mother’s Day, celebrated since the late 19th century, and sought to honor the indispensable role of fathers in the upbringing and development of children.

In Mexico, although the celebration of Father’s Day is influenced by the United States, it has acquired its own distinctive character. The official date, as in many other countries such as Italy, Spain, and Canada is the third Sunday of June, a choice that facilitates the planning of family activities because it falls on a weekend.

Mexican traditions on Father’s Day

In Mexico, Father’s Day celebrations include a variety of activities that reflect the country’s rich culture. From family gatherings and “fiestas” to school events, the day is characterized by showing affection for fathers, grandfathers, and role models, including stepfathers and other father figures.

Mexicans often gather as a family to offer a special day for fathers, including meals made at home or at favorite restaurants in cities such as Mexico City (CDMX) or Guadalajara.

Gifts are a central part of the celebration; handicrafts made by children are very popular.

Cultural and social impact

The celebration of Father’s Day in Mexico also reflects the evolution of the social perception of fatherhood.

Responsible fatherhood and the recognition of fathers’ roles in modern families are recurring themes during this day.

Schools and the media typically highlight stories and programs that promote a holistic and positive image of fatherhood, moving away from traditional gender stereotypes.

Comparison with other countries

Internationally, the celebration of Father’s Day presents some interesting variations.

For example, in countries such as Portugal and Spain, as well as in some Latin American countries such as Chile and Colombia, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

However, in countries such as Italy, the date is celebrated on March 19, the day of St. Joseph, who is considered the putative father of Jesus in the Christian tradition.

In Ecuador, the celebration is similar to that of Mexico, with emphasis on family reunion and expression of gratitude to parents. On the other hand, in some countries, the date is not an official holiday, but is celebrated with equal fervor.

Father’s Day 2024

For Father’s Day 2024, which will be June 16, celebrations in Mexico are expected to continue to reflect the country’s culture and family values.

Events in both public and private spaces and in-store promotions will likely be part of that day. In addition, public figures may participate in events highlighting fatherhood in different social contexts.


The celebration of Father’s Day in Mexico is more than just a day of gifts and recognition. It is an opportunity to reflect on the father figure and his evolution in contemporary society.

This day allows Mexican families to strengthen ties, recognize the constant efforts of fathers, and promote values of respect, affection, and responsibility. In the end, every third Sunday of June reminds us of the invaluable contribution of fathers in the formation of individuals and our society.

On behalf of Remitly, Happy Father’s Day to all Mexican fathers!

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