Father's Day in Portugal: our original gift ideas
“Dia do Pai” : The origin of Father's Day in Portugal
As you know, Portugal is a deeply Catholic country. Religious holidays are very important in the Portuguese culture and Father's Day, although not related to religion in many countries, is here linked to the date of St. Joseph "São José", adoptive father of Jesus Christ.
This tradition of celebrating St. Joseph's Day dates back to the 15th century, but it was not until the 20th century, when Father's Day was created in the United States and later adopted in Europe, that Portugal decided to celebrate this day along with St. Joseph's Day.
As for the creation of Father's Day as such in the 20th century, we owe it to the Americans and in particular to Sonora Louise Smart. This young woman, born in Arkansas, lost her mother at the age of 16 and saw her father take care of his six children alone.
When Sonora heard a sermon in church in the early 20th century about the possible creation of Mother's Day, she thought of her father and his selflessness in raising his six children alone. She admired him as a brave, loving and selfless man and set out to create a holiday to honor fathers.
Her father was born on June 19, so she organized the celebration on that day in Spokane, Washington. This day could have remained local, but on June 19, 1916, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America, came to Spokane and learned of this Father's Day. He spoke at the service and spread the holiday throughout the country.
However, it wasn't until 1972 that President Nixon declared the third Sunday in June as a permanent national Father's Day celebration.
Our Portuguese gift ideas for Father's Day
If you want to give your dad a typical Portuguese gift for Father's Day, you're in the right place! We have selected for you some traditional Portuguese objects that can be offered on Father's Day, but also for a birthday or Christmas.
Portuguese gifts for a greedy dad
If he prefers tea, we also have just what you need with this Portuguese tea discovery set that will make him discover the wonders of aromas that smell good Portugal: Pastel de Nata, oranges and almonds from the Algarve, melon from the Ribatejo, fennel from Madeira, apples from Alcobaça, etc.
Giving beauty products from Portugal to a fancy dad
Your father likes to take care of himself? Give him something to get ready Portuguese style! Shaving cream, aftershave lotion, men's soaps and cologne will please men who like to look good.
Our Oh Melhor Portuguese product line contains all the products for men's shaving. And for dads who know Portugal well, the recognizable "Lavanda" cologne, present in every Portuguese home for decades, will bring back wonderful memories for your dad.
Gifts for all dads
For all dads, these Father's Day gifts reminiscent of Portugal are sure to be a hit:
- A t-shirt with Portuguese words.
- A Portuguese felt hat, 100% traditional.
- A Portuguese wool cap.
- A cork belt, authentic product of Portugal.
All our original gift boxes that will please all Portuguese or Lusitania lovers!