Mother’s Day is a special holiday dedicated to honoring mothers and motherhood. It has become one of the most celebrated days across the globe, each country adding its unique customs to the mix.

Mother’s Day originated in the United States in the early 20th century, primarily due to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, who envisioned a day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Officially established in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May by giving flowers, cards, and spending quality time with mothers.

Mother’s Day Around the World

  • Germany: Mothers are typically honored with flowers and a day off from household chores.
  • Italy: Children give their mothers homemade gifts and cakes to show their appreciation.
  • England: Mothering Sunday is celebrated with church visits and giving mothers simnel cakes.
  • Ireland: Similar to England, Mothering Sunday involves church services and family gatherings.
  • Puerto Rico: Families host large, festive gatherings with music and a special meal.
  • Spain: Mother’s Day includes gifts, flowers, and poems to honor mothers.
  • Japan: Children give their mothers red carnations, symbolizing love and honor.
  • Mexico: The day is marked by music, food, and celebrations, often including the song “Las Mañanitas”.
  • Canada: Mothers receive flowers, cards, and are often taken out for meals.
  • Switzerland: The day is quietly celebrated with family gatherings and gift-giving.
  • Africa: In many African cultures, mothers are celebrated with singing and community gatherings.
  • Israel: Mother’s Day has been replaced by Family Day, celebrating all family members.
  • Portugal: Families come together for large meals and celebrations.

The diverse ways in which Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world reflect the universal importance of mothers in our societies. Whether through gifts, poems, or a simple thank you, the essence of the day is to acknowledge the vital role mothers play in shaping our lives.