How to say happy Father’s Day in other languages

A guaranteed way to impress your dad this June is by wishing him a happy Father’s Day in another language! 

Perhaps you and your old man share fond memories of a sun dappled European holiday? Or maybe you’ve got a father figure in your life whose first language isn’t English? Either way, saying happy Father’s Day in a different language is bound to impress. 

Whether you’re hoping to say happy Father’s Day in Spanish, French, Korean, or Thai, we’ve done all the hard work for you… So, without further ado, allow us to help you channel your inner bilingual alter ego. 

Just quickly before we jump into it, take a second to browse some of our fave Father’s Day cards. Simply choose one to match your dad’s personality, then jot down one of the below ways to say happy Father’s Day inside: 

For more inspiration, check out our guide on what to write in a Father’s Day card where you’ll find everything from simple, hilarious, and thoughtful greetings. We’ve also got father-in-law card messages and inspirational Father’s Day quotes which you could include! 

How to say happy Father’s Day in different languages across Europe

Perhaps you’re hoping to say happy Father’s Day in French, or are looking to impress your dad by saying happy Father’s Day in Italian? No matter what language you choose, we’ve got you covered. Below are ten ways to say happy Father’s Day in different countries across Europe! 

  1. French: Bonne fête des pères!
  2. Italian: Buona festa del papà!
  3. Spanish: ¡Feliz Día del Padre!
  4. Portuguese: Feliz dia do pai!
  5. Swedish: Trevlig farsdag
  6. Dutch: Gelukkige vaderdag
  7. German: Alles Gute zum Vatertag!
  8. Croatian: Sretan Dan Očeva!
  9. Welsh: Sul y tadau hapus
  10. Irish: Lá na nAthaireacha faoi shona daoibh 

How to say happy Father’s Day in different languages across Asia

Or, maybe you’re hoping to master a Father’s Day greeting from somewhere further afield? Not to worry, we’ve gathered more greetings below, including those in Chinese, Thai, and Hindi! 


In many regions of China, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June! And in Chinese, ‘I wish you a happy Father’s Day’ translates to 祝你父亲节快乐! (Zhù nǐ fùq īn jié kuài lè).


The Japanese also celebrate Father’s Day in June, and Happy Father’s Day in Japanese is 父の日おめでとう (Chichi no hi omedeto). Flowers, handmade gifts, and traditional Japanese sweet treats are common sights at Father’s Day celebrations in Japan.


In South Korea, there’s no Father’s Day specifically, however, Parent’s Day is celebrated in May! Koreans will say: 어버이날 보내세요 (eobeoinal jal bonaeseyo) which translates to happy Parent’s Day! (this is certainly one way to include your mum in this year’s Father’s Day celebrations). 


In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5th each year. It’s a national holiday, and a time when families commonly come together! If you’re hoping to say happy Father’s Day in Thai, simply say สุขสันต์วันพ่อ (sùk-săn wan pâw).


In India, Father’s Day is celebrated with card exchanges, flowers, and delicious home baked goods. And, to express Father’s Day wishes in Hindi you’d say: पिता दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ (Pitā Divas kī śubhkāmnā’ē̃!). 


Finally, those who speak Malay (a language used in countries such as Malaysia, southern Thailand, Brunei, and Singapore) would say Selamat Hari Bapa, which simply translates to happy Father’s Day! 

How to say happy Father’s Day in sign language

Sign language is a valuable skill which anyone can learn. So, why not teach yourself how to sign happy Father’s Day in BSL? Perfect if you’ve got a father figure in your life who uses BSL daily! 

Perhaps the easiest way to learn is by watching a quick, simple online video. These videos are usually less than thirty seconds, so you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Or why not ask someone who’s fluent to help teach you the sign for happy Father’s Day? 

We’ve also got a BSL Father’s Day card which features an illustration of hands spelling out happy Father’s Day! This is a wonderful card to send to dads whose first language is BSL.

Now you know how to say happy Father’s Day in Welsh, Spanish, Thai, and more, all that’s left to do is put in some practice ahead of the big day. And remember, no matter which language you choose to express your Father’s Day wishes in, the sentiment behind the words remains the same! 

If we haven’t covered your chosen language in this blog, with a simple search you’ll be able to quickly translate your favourite Father’s Day greeting. Whether you jot it down in a card, or say it in person, your dad is bound to be impressed. 

Or, perhaps social media is more your thing? Well, we’ve also come up with some Father’s Day Instagram captions to inspire you. And, if you’re looking for fun Father’s Day activities, we’ve got a guide on things to do on Father’s Day, filled with everything from concerts to camping and Father’s Day BBQ’s. 

But wait…there’s more! Before you go, why not read about the five essential qualities of dadness to see if your dad fits into one of the categories?