How Is Mother’s Day Celebrated Around the World? You May Be Surprised!
Mother’s Day is a special day celebrated by every culture around the world. It is a day to observe the women in our lives who do so much to raise and support their children.
Many countries celebrate Mother’s Day in the springtime, which makes flowers the most natural gift to bestow on mothers, grandmothers, and other special women in our life.
A day of relaxation and an honorary breakfast in bed or nice brunch are all popular favorites for mothers around the world.
Mother’s Day in Europe
In the United Kingdom, Mum’s Day is held three weeks before Easter. Flowers and a nice meal out are typical gifts to mums.
In Poland, Mother’s Day is called Dzień Matk. Elementary schools will celebrate the holiday with partys where small children create ‘laurka’, which are sheets of paper decorated with flowers.
In the Netherlands, Moederdag-Bloemendag” (Mother’s Day – Flower’s Day) has been celebrated since 1910. Cakes and special outings are traditional ways to celebrate.
Mother’s Day Around Asia
Many countries in Asia will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13, 2018. Gifts of flowers – particularly carnations – are very traditional in many Asian countries.
In China, colleges and universities will even raise money for poor mothers to honor them on Mother’s Day.
In South Korea, they celebrate Parents’ Day, honoring both mother and father. Children will offer gifts and flowers to both parents to thank them for their sacrifice.
Thailand celebrates Mother’s Day on August 12th as it signifies their Queen’s birthday.
Mother’s Day in Africa
In Egypt, it is believed that it was an Egyptian journalist that brought the celebration of Mother’s Day to the Arab world. However, Egypt has an ancient history of celebrating mothers.
In Nigeria, mothers take their children to church and spend the day celebrating by listening to music, dancing and worshipping.
In South Africa, Mother’s Day is truly a day to give thanks. Children shower their mothers with gifts and thank them often throughout the day.
Mother’s Day in Australia and New Zealand
In Australia, Mother’s Day typically falls on the second Sunday of May. Carnations are worn to celebrate mothers, with colored carnations signifying a living relative, while white ones honor mothers who have departed.
In New Zealand, celebrations also fall on the second Sunday of May. New Zealanders have great fun on Mother’s Day and spend the day celebrating with special cakes and picnics in the park.
For more on Mother’s Day in Australia/New Zealand read this article.
Mother’s Day in North America
In Canada, Mother’s Day is the most celebrated holiday after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Many children gift flowers and cards, and many families try to spend the day celebrating together.
In the United States, Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May. Gifts of cards and flowers are traditional, and many families treat mothers to breakfast in bed or by going out to brunch.
In Mexico, special mass is prepared at church to celebrate the occasion, and food and music are distinctive ways to honor the day of the mother.
Mother’s Day in South America
In Argentina, Mother’s Day is typically celebrated in October as that is their spring time. Mothers spend the day relaxing, and children shower them with gifts and read poetry in honor of their mother.
In Brazil, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Going out to eat or spending time outside are common ways Brazilians honor their mothers on this day.
In Chile, Mother’s Day is celebrated with grand festivities and parties all over the country. Food, music, and dancing are the most common ways to celebrate!
Happy Mother’s Day!
No matter where you are in the world, you will no doubt spend at least one day this year celebrating, honoring and thanking your mother for all the hard work and care she has provided you over the years.
Spending time with family on these special days is a beautiful springtime tradition. As the flowers have already started to bloom and the air is warm and crisp, it is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy this special time with family.
How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What special gift would you give your mother this year? If you could choose, what gift would you like to receive? Please share your stories and wishes in the comments below.
Molly Wisniewski has cared for older adults living with dementia for over ten years. She is a recent graduate of the Erickson School, UMBC where she received her M.A. in the Management of Aging Services. Her blog Upside to Aging is dedicated to sharing an alternative and more positive side to aging.