Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World
Every year for Mother’s Day, we go to my parents house, give her flowers, cook her a meal and do the dishes after. This year we want to do something different for my mom on Mother’s day. What do you normally do? Is there any traditions that you follow each year? Here are some traditions for Mother’s Day from around the world.
Mothers Day Tradition #1: France
A 1950 law in France says the “fetes des meres” or Mother’s Day is on the fourth Sunday in May, except when it overlaps with Pentecost. If it does overlap it is celebrated a week early. But beyond the date, Mother’s Day in France looks very similar to in the U.S.—cards and flowers are bestowed and family dinners are had.
Mother’s Day Tradition #2: China
While still new to the China, this new holiday of Mother’s Day is lined up with traditions of respect in China, as it has in countries all over the globe. On the second Sunday of May, an increasing number of Chinese are celebrating the day with gifts and festivities.
Mother’s Day Tradition #3: United Kingdom
In the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and is called Mothering Sunday. While the medieval times were upon them, poor families would often send their children off to work as domestic servants or apprentices to wealthy homes. Their rare day off was traditionally granted during the season of Lent, so they could worship the Virgin Mary and visit their home, “mother church” and their families. The kids would pick flowers to give to their mothers and bake special cakes called Mothering Cakes or Simnel Cakes (the holiday even used to be known as Refreshment Sunday because the strict Lent fasting rules were put aside for the holiday). Today, Mother’s Day in the UK is celebrated in the same way as it is in America, with flowers, cards, gifts and family meals.
Mothers Day Tradition #4: Mexico
Mexico celebrates Mother’s Day whole heartldly. Flowers are a must, but the day is also filled with mexican music, food, celebrations, and often a morning serenade of the song “Las Mananitas” from Mariachi singers:
“Awaken, my dear, awaken/ and see that the day has dawned/ now the little birds are singing/ and the moon has set.”
Mothers Day Tradition #5: Brazil
In Brazil, Mother’s Day is the second most important holiday next to Christmas. Brazil celebrates this special day on the second Sunday in May with children’s performances and church gatherings. These often end up being large, multi-generational barbecues.
Mothers Day Tradition #6: Germany
Muttertag ( Mother’s Day) takes place on the second Sunday in May (unless it falls on Pentecost, in which case it occurs on the first Sunday of the month). In Germany, the giving of Mother’s Day cards is super popular. During WWII, Mother’s Day traditions took on a lot of significance as the day to acknowledge women for producing children for the Vaterland, or Fatherland. Medals were given in gold, silver or bronze, based upon how many children were in the household. After the war, it took on a softer feel, with the giving of gifts, cards and flowers, as well as festive meals throughout the day.
Mothers Day Tradition #7: Japan
Children draw pictures of their mothers in school and sometimes enter them in art contests. Like most other countries, Mother’s Day is a day of pampering for Moms — kids help take over the household chores, have a special family meal, like sushi or eggs, and give their mothers red carnations or roses and cards.
Mothers Day Tradition #8: Australia
Another country which relies heavily on the giving of carnations and other flowers is Australia, where Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Chrysanthemums are also a very popular floral choice, because mothers there are called Mum. Aunts and grandmothers are also acknowledged with gifts.
Mother’s Day Tradition #9: Ethiopia
Mother’s Day is celebrated at the end of the fall rainy season, as part of a three-day Antrosht festival ( Mother’s Day festivals), dedicated to moms. When the weather clears up and the skies empty of rain, family members come home to celebrate with a big feast. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, while the sons bring meat of various types, including lamb or bull. These will be included in a traditional hash recipe. Singing and dancing is shared by all family members.
Mothers Day Tradition #10: India
In culturally diverse world such as India, a westernized version of Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, when Indians reflect upon the importance of mothers in their lives and the sacrifices they have made.
However, Hindus in India celebrate the goddess Durga, or Divine Mother, during a 10-day festival called Durga Puja in October. Durga Puja celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is marked by gifts given to friends and family, as well as feasts and celebrations.