Get prepared to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the basic French sentence “Bonne fête Papa”.
More precisely, this includes a full guide of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And because learning a new language is a big deal, we also sprinkled useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, synonyms, dialogue example and more!
It literally means:
This is the most famous way to wish your father a happy Father’s Day in French. It’s the shortened version of “Bonne fête des pères papa” which literally means “Happy father’s day to you dad“.
So you might wonder why in the short version “Bonne fête papa” we don’t precise which celebration we are talking about. And it’s because, with context and with you literally saying “Happy celebration dad” he will understand perfectly.
Pretty simple, just say to your father “Bonne fête papa !” or “Joyeuse fête des pères papa !“.
If you want to be more ceremonious, use instead the super full version “Je te souhaite une joyeuse/bonne fête des pères papa.” (I wish you a happy/good father’s day dad.)
In Quebec, “Joyeuse fête” doesn’t have the same meaning than in France, it means “Happy birthday“. While in France, to say “Happy birthday” we use “Joyeux anniversaire“.
So if your dad is from Quebec, be careful!