Planning a Father's Day BBQRecipes and beers to put a smile on his face
Father’s Day is all about putting dad in the limelight. Whether you surprise him with a beautiful pack of craft beer or a homemade card from a little one, most of the time, dads tend to be easily satisfied. But how can you go the extra mile this year?
Let’s look to Germany, where the Father’s Day tradition is similar to the UK, but with one important addition: everyone heads outside to drink beers and have a barbecue. I don’t know about you, but when I heard about this beautiful tradition, I was immediately a fan.
Another small difference: Father's Day in Germany is celebrated on Ascension Day, the 40th day of Easter, which Christians celebrate as the day that marks Jesus ascending to heaven. This is part of the origin of the tradition: around 1900 predominantly single men from Berlin made trips on Ascension Day. It was a free day in the spring and a great opportunity to get out, drink, and escape daily grind.
Today, Father's Day trips, especially in North and East Germany, are a popular tradition among men. It’s common to take a kind of wagon out with you to carry everything you need. There is actually a whole subculture around the “Bollerwagen”, including a racing competition for the best-built vehicle.