Why do people in Ticino celebrate Father's Day on March 19?

In Ticino, Father's Day has existed since 1968, and the date is the day of honour of one of the patron saints of family fathers. Who is meant? You can find out here.
When the idea of a Father's Day came up in Italy in the late sixties, it was considered only logical to introduce a Father's Day after a Mother's Day. Since the Christian faith was deeply rooted in the population, a date with a religious message was sought. The church found this in the day of St. Joseph on March 19. Already in 1871 St. Joseph had been proclaimed the protector of the fathers of the family. Therefore, in 1968 in Italy the Father's Day was set to St. Joseph's Day.
Later, this date for Father's Day was gradually adopted by Ticino and by countries with a predominantly Catholic population, such as Liechtenstein, Spain and Portugal, to name but a few.
In German and French-speaking Switzerland, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. In contrast, most countries in Europe and the world have adopted the US date (third Sunday in June).

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