Imported from the U.S. where it originated in 1910, Father’s Day came to Scandinavian countries in 1931. It brings a bit more life to the darkness of fall and is celebrated on the second Sunday in November. It’s also a chance to boost sales before the Christmas rush begins. As in the U.S. the classic gift is a tie. Other common gifts include breakfast in bed and cards made by the kids.
Pappa is the Swedish equivalent to “dad” and Far is the equivalent to “father.” Grandpa doesn’t give any hint to whether it is your mother or your father’s father but there is a distinction in Swedish. Your farfar is your father’s father, and your morfar is your mother’s father. Of course the same kind of system applies to mothers (mors) with mormor and farmor and mother’s day is the last Sunday in May. It’s a little confusing when you are first introduced to this naming system, but it makes a lot of sense once you get it straight.
Happy fars dag (FAHRS-dahg) to all the pappas, fars, farfars and morfars!