Cuba: Father's Day

Cuba: Father's Day

Heritage & Traditions

Cubaplus Magazine

One of the most traditional celebrations in Cuba is Father's Day, an annual tribute that every third Sunday in June recognizes that fundamental parent in the family and society.

On June 19, 1938, it was celebrated for the first time on the island, at the initiative of the prominent writer and educator Dulce María Borrero (Havana, 1883-1945), who promoted its commemoration throughout the country.

Contemporary Father's Day had its antecedent in the United States, where Sonora Smart Dodd, inspired by Mother's Day, wanted to pay tribute to her father, a premature widower in charge of five children. The first commemoration took place in Washington, on June 19, 1910; as of 1924, a national celebration was declared, and in 1966 the third Sunday of June was proclaimed as the date of the celebration.

The day takes place at the same time in many countries of this continent, although in some, as well as in nations of Catholic tradition in Europe and other regions, it is celebrated on March 19, the day of Saint Joseph, the symbolic father of Jesus Christ, or in others linked to national dates.

Special family meals or outings to restaurants and walks, postcards and drawings made by children, various gifts, as well as safe calls from children who are far away, are some of the most frequent customs on the Caribbean island to celebrate this day.

The health emergency imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has partially modified these endearing habits, but affection and gratitude to the essential father figure remain unchanged.