Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate the special relationship between you and your beloved mom. Although traditions vary across the globe, the underlying theme remains: mothers are deeply loved, and how wonderful to have a day dedicated to her and everything that she does!
Various countries around the world honor their mothers with their own traditions. Here are some examples of how different countries celebrate this special event:
Mother’s Day in the US and Canada
Here in the USA, as well as in Canada, Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May – a time of year that is often sunny and warm. Thus, gifting flowers, gardening supplies, and patio brunches are a popular choice to celebrate mom.
Mother’s Day in Australia
Mother’s Day in Australia is on the same day as in the USA and Canada, but the traditions vary. In Australia, the carnation flower is a symbol of the mother, and the color carnation that you adorn signifies whether or not your mother is alive (a colored carnation) or deceased (a white carnation). Australians, just as the US and Canada, love to pamper mom with breakfast in bed and to adorn her with cakes and gifts.
Mother’s Day in New Zealand
New Zealand too celebrates on the second Sunday in May, and the manner of celebrating is much the same as that in US. Mother’s Day in New Zealand is a happy occasion for all its citizens, where mothers are cherished with gifts, meals out and flowers, much like their counterparts in Canada and the USA.
Mother’s Day in South Africa
Another country that celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May is South Africa. People of South Africa celebrate Mother’s Day by acknowledging the importance of mothers everywhere. Children thank not only mothers but grandmothers as well for all their love and care. Young children often make their mothers homemade gifts, while the older children will often buy a gift.
Mother’s Day in France
In France, Mother’s Day is reserved for the last Sunday in the month of May. The French love to have extravagant family dinners with fresh bread, cheeses, and wine, and mother’s day is no different. A lavish dinner is usually followed by a traditional Mother’s Day cake that is decorated to look like a bouquet of flowers.
Mother’s Day in Ireland and the UK
Ireland and the UK celebrate mom on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent. Rich in religious roots, mother’s day in Ireland and the UK traditionally was used to celebrate the “Mother Church” and the Virgin Mary. After visiting the cathedral or church of their hometown, the Irish children would present mom with a beautiful bouquet of flowers they picked along the way. As for the UK children, the tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day began in the early 1600s, with a common custom of making a rich almond cake occurs. This cake is fittingly called the ‘mothering cake’.
Mother’s Day in India
The concept of celebrating Mother’s Day in India is very new – perhaps only a decade or two old. In New Delhi, Mother’s Day has become quite commercial, with much advertising and media involved to get mothers and their families to partake in dining out and shopping. It is thought that one day soon, Mother’s Day will be the national festival of India.
Mother’s Day in Mexico
In Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 every year. Just like the Mexican flag, Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion. The day is celebrated with a special mass at church, with the highpoint of the event when the orchestra which plays “las mañanitas” and delicious meal of tamales are served hot and fresh to mom.
Regardless of the country that you visit or the day that you choose to celebrate, it is obvious that mothers all over the globe are very much loved and deserve to be celebrated for everything that they do!
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