As we all know at this point, Mother’s Day is May 13. Thank you for drilling that into our heads, commercial America.
Of particular interest though, is how mothers are celebrated in other countries. We found this article about Mother’s Day traditions around the world. Here are some of the highlights:
- In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May with a family dinner where the mother is traditionally presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.
- Celebrating Mother’s Day is actually relatively new in India, but they say the holiday is catching on!
- In Ireland, Mother’s Day is celebrated during Lent and the tradition dates back to medieval times when the working children were given one day off to go visit the cathedral in their home town. There, they visited their mothers and presented them with freshly picked flowers.
- Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 8 in Spain where they honor both their mothers and the Virgin Mary.
- In the UK, the tradition of recognizing mothers dates all the way back to the 1600′s where they practiced ‘Mothering Sunday’ and were the first to have a day solely devoted to mothers.
- And while you may find it hard to believe, Mother’s Day is actually just as commercialized in many other countries as it is in the US!
What are your traditions? Share them with us in the comments!