Autumn, winter and spring are full of different celebrations – from scary Halloween to white Christmas and Blossoming Easter. And it’s like it was meant to be – summer is time to relax and therefore there aren’t so many reasons to celebrate and give gifts. Well that’s there we don’t agree – there are always plenty of reasons to be cheerful and spoil your beloved ones with surprise presents.
Happy Father’s day!
Though in different countries celebrated on different days – Father’s day is definitely the one to be celebrated. From 6th of June in Lithuania to 8th of August in Taiwan – more than 80 countries celebrate their father’s day in summer. First officially celebrated in Fairmont, West Virginia in 1908, this day involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.
Nowadays the choice of gifts is enormous – and that makes is so much harder to choose that one special gift for your beloved dad. For the younger family members its traditional to prepare the gift themselves – some great ideas include handmade cards or drawings, breakfast in bed, taking dad on special adventure day or a framed memorable photo.
For a wider choice of bigger budget gifts the best idea is to look at your dad’s hobbies and interests and make that gift especially for him. Is your father obsessed with BBQ’s and grilling fun? Get him a personalised BBQ apron or maybe even a new gas barbecue grill! Does he love fishing? There is a great variety of fishing accessories for you to choose from. You say your dad favourite hobby is sitting in front of TV? Well it is his day and his gift – get him a universal remote control or an extra comfortable cushion with personalised saying.
Most important – show your father your love and care for him – make this special day all about him!
St. John or otherwise known as midsummer celebration, which usually takes place on a day between June 21st and June 24th. This day is especially popular in the Northern Europe, however celebrated in many destinations all over the world. Though there is no specific gift giving tradition, there are some small country specific traditions which you could adapt for yourself.
In Northern Europe St. John day is all about big bonfires flaming all night, and therefore all the souvenirs exchanged on this day are closely related to fire – from candles to torches – everything to keep the longest day bright as long as possible.
Another tradition on St. Johns day is to congratulate everyone named John (Jonas/Juan/ Johan/ Giovanni/Jan/ and oh so many other versions of the same name) – any small souvenirs from flowers and candies to bigger personal presents are welcome to celebrate the international John Day.
July the 4th
Fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States – these are all great attributes of July 4th – USA’s independence day. And though it’s not common to give gifts on this celebration – anything themed “America” goes! Online stores offers a crazy variety of themed items – from American patriot macaroons to BBQ gift baskets, or even personalised military throws! If somebody knows how to show patriotism pride and bright – it’s definitely the Americans!