Mothers are celebrated throughout the world with different traditions for different cultures. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but other nations celebrate on different dates of the year.
Regardless of when it’s celebrated, the sentiment is the same and unites us across cultures. Whether your tradition is a family brunch, breakfast in bed, or a picnic at a national park, your mom is sure to feel loved and special!
Mother’s Day in Australia:
Celebrated similarly to the United States on the second Sunday in May, there is a tradition of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. A colored carnation signifies that a person’s mother is living, while a white carnation is used to honor a deceased mother. Children give thanks and express their appreciation by pampering their mother with breakfast in bed, thoughtful gifts, and yummy treats.
Mother’s Day in Canada:
Mother’s Day in Canada is celebrated on the same day as in the United States. Children express their affection for their mom by wearing a carnation brooch and gifting their mother with chocolates, jewelry, clothes, or handmade items.
Mother’s Day in France:
The French celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in the month of May. A family dinner with a traditional cake that resembles a bouquet of flowers is a norm for the French. Mothers are also treated to their favorite delicacies in a variety of flavors. France is well known for its fashion and perfume boutiques, so gift cards or a small shopping spree are popular gift choices among many French families. One thing is for sure: In France, Mother’s Day is playful and celebratory!
Mother’s Day in India:
The concept of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May is fairly new in India. It is used as a time to reflect on the importance of mothers in people’s lives and to acknowledge the sacrifices and hardships that a mother endured to provide her loved ones with a better life. In the capital city of Delhi, companies often launch women-focused products and promotions to accompany special TV programs that highlight and honor Mother’s Day. It’s clear that the excitement of Mother’s Day in India is rapidly growing.
Mother’s Day in Ireland:
In Ireland, Mother’s Day takes place on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent. “Mothering Sunday,” or Mother’s Day, in Ireland can be traced back to a medieval practice where children from low-income families were sent to work as domestic servants to the wealthy. Once a year in the middle of Lent, the children were given a day off to visit their “mother church” to worship the Virgin Mary. After the children visited the church and paid their respects, they visited their mothers and presented them with flowers. Today in Ireland, children’s love and gratitude toward their mothers are shown with flowers and cards.
Mother’s Day in Japan:
Mother’s Day in Japan was seen as a Western tradition and during the Second World War Western customs were prohibited. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that Mother’s Day or haha no-hi, gained popularity. After the war the custom of celebrating haha no-hi was stronger than ever with public gatherings, special prayers, and festivals. Today Japanese children give their moms red carnations and cook traditional recipes that were taught by their mom, such as tamagoyaki and miso soup.
Mother’s Day in Mexico:
In Mexico, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on May 10, and according to a custom, children return to the family home on the eve of Mother’s Day. The traditional early-morning Mother’s Day meal includes tamales and atole. Churches have been known to organize a special Mother’s Day mass, and mariachi bands often serenade moms with the song “Las Mañanitas.”
Get a glimpse of the history of Mother’s Day and how it became a global celebration.
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