When you’re on the quest to meet Chinese women and hopefully find the love of your life, learning a bit about their culture comes with the territory. It can be particularly fun to learn how holidays that we celebrate in the West are observed in China. One good example is Father’s Day.
In the past – during WWII in particular – China celebrated Father’s Day on August 8. At the time, the government wanted to honor dads as well as fallen soldiers. They chose this date because it can be shortened to “bā bā,” which means “eight eight” and sounds very similar to the informal pronunciation for father, “bàba.”
Today, Father’s Day is still celebrated on August 8 in Taiwan. In Mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong, Father’s Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday in June, just like in the United States. This year, that happens to be June 21. Father’s Day isn’t a public holiday and is celebrated primarily by expatriates.
Many of the larger cities across China have adopted Western traditions like Father’s Day, and the holiday is celebrated much like it is in the U.S. with calls to Dad, small gifts, and special dinners out.
When you meet Chinese women and pursue a romantic relationship, keep in mind that you might need to celebrate Father’s Day – or some other traditionally Western holiday – in China!