Celebrating Moms & Dads around the world

Mother’s Day celebration in United Kingdom | USA | India | Spain | New Zealand | Yugoslavia | South Africa | Japan | Canada | Sweden | Mexico | Ireland

Mother’s Day has been recognized in special ways for thousands of years. It’s celebrated in over 40 countries around the world! The exact date and the way this event is celebrated, however, varies from country to country since Ancient Greece. Here is a glimpse of today’s Mother’s Day celebrations as done worldwide. Know about the different ways in which this heartwarming occasion is celebrated in different countries of the world. Do you like it? If yes, feel free to click here and forward this to anybody you want.

Mother’s day in the United Kingdom…
Mother’s Day is more popularly known as Mothering Sunday, the origins of the holiday date back to centuries when it was considered important for churchgoers to visit their home or “mother” church once a year. During Lent, the practice became quiet popular, and in a society where children were often sent off to work in other villages at a very young age, it quickly became a time for family reunions and celebrations that were fondly cherished. A special cake, might also be brought along to provide a festive touch. Later, Mothering Sunday became a day when children and domestic servants were allowed a day off to see their families. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday remains a time to pay mothers their due rewards for all their love and encouragement with flowers, candies, cards, and other tokens of appreciation.

Mother’s day in the United States of America…
It’s said that Mother’s Day was first suggested in the United Sates by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace after the Franco Prussian War. The holiday gained its popularity majorly due to the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis.

Anna began a letter-writing campaign to garner support for a national Mother’s Day holiday when her mother passed away in 1905, with the help of friends, Reaching out to influential leaders, including William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and John Wannamaker, Anna poured out a stream of solicitations for support of the idea. She believed, mothers deserved their own special day and that it would help strengthen family bonds.

She persuaded her mother’s church in West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state, and flowers quickly became a lasting tradition to express love on the occasion. In 1914, Congress passed a resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, “a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making it an official U.S. holiday.

Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, and Turkey.

Mother’s day Celebrations in India…
Just as in the West, Indians too take Mothers Day as a time too reflect on the importance of mothers in their life. Mother’s Day is the time to say a big thank you Ma. The Hindu people celebrate for ten days in October in a festival they call Durga Puja. Durga is the name of a goddess who protects the people from evil and is also popularly known as The universal Mother..
People send cards to their mums on Mothers Day. Invitations for a meal so that she can have a days rest from the kitchen and gifting out goodies on Mothers Day is also rampant.

Mother’s day Celebrations in Spain…
Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May in Spain. Like elsewhere, this day is
observed throughout the country to honor all mothers. Shops all over Spain make a brisk
business selling chocolates, flowers, greeting cards and many other presents for Mother’s Day which find a great favor with children although many of them prefer to handcraft the greetings and presents for their mothers.

Mother’s day Celebrations in New Zealand…
In New Zealand Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. This is the same day on which US celebrates its Mothers Day. And as the idea of celebrating Mothers Day in New Zealand has come from US, the manner of celebrating Mothers Day in New Zealand is much the same as that in US. On Mothers Day people of New Zealand thank their mothers and recognize their esteemed efforts in bringing them up and caring for them. There is a big euphoria over the day and people celebrate the day by going out for picnics and dinners. Markets see a busy time as people make it a point to buy gifts for their mothers, grand mothers and friends and relatives who are mothers.

Mother’s day Celebrations in Yugoslavia…
Mothers’ Day is observed in December. The children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up in bed. When she awakes she promises to give the children gifts that she has hidden in order to be untied.

Mother’s day Celebrations in South Africa…
In South Africa, Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. People of South Africa celebrate Mother’s Day in its true spirit by acknowledging the importance of mothers in their lives and thanking them profusely for all their love and care. People also gift flowers and cards to their mother as an expression of their heartfelt feeling of gratitude and affection.

Mother’s day Celebrations In Japan…
young children draw pictures called “My Mother” and enter them into an exhibit. This exhibit of pictures then travels to many different countries around the world

Mother’s day Celebrations In Canada…
Mothers Day is a the most popular festival after Christmas and Valentines Day. Just as in USA, Mothers Day in Canada is celebrated in the second Sunday in the month of May. People pay tribute to their mothers on the day and thank them for their constant support and love. In Canada, cards and flowers are the most commonly used methods of expressing love for moms. It has been commercialized to a large extent with compelling advertising strategies in the technologically advanced country of Canada.

Mother’s day Celebrations In Sweden…
they sell little plastic flowers before Mother’s Day. They then use the money that they make from these flowers to send the mothers with many children on vacation.

Mother’s day Celebrations in Mexico…
Mother’s Day, or Dia de las Madres, is May 10 in Mexico. It’s a hugely popular occasion celebrated throughout the country, with special events sponsored by schools, churches, cities, and civic groups. The family tradition is for sons and daughters to come to their mother’s house on the eve of Mother’s Day (May 9). Festive Mother’s Day masses, handmade gifts, flowers, cards, and children’s’ school presentations are also often part of the nationwide observance.

Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 include:
Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.

Mother’s day Celebrations in Ireland
In Ireland, Mothers Day is not celebrated on same day as in US. Mothers Day celebrations in Ireland takes place on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent. This corresponds to the day on which Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday is celebrated in UK, a close neighbor of Ireland. While in the US Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. But just as in scores of other countries, people in Ireland honor their mothers on the occasion of Mothers Day for all their love and affection.

Other Nations
Similar holidays are commonplace throughout the world, including Argentina (2nd Sunday in Oct.), France (last Sunday in May), Lebanon (1st day of Spring), Norway (2nd Sunday in Feb.), South Africa (1st Sunday in May), Sweden (last Sunday in May), and Yugoslavia/Serbia (two weeks before Christmas).

The festival of Mothers Day is based on the emotions shared between mother and a child. However, the idea has been commercialized by marketers all over the world to convert the sentiments into profit. Rigorous advertising campaigns are launched days before the festival to lure people to go on a spending spree for the D day. Though this helps to promote Mothers Day and raise awareness about the day on the brighter side and lets all walk that extra line to keep the emotions and the noble idea behind the day alive and not just make it a day of formal exchange of gifts.

More info here http://www.theholidayspot.com/mothersday/around_the_world.htm

So daughters and sons around the world, celebrate your mothers and all important women in your lives.
As for the dads…

Countries Date of Father’s Day celebration Countries Date of Father’s Day celebration
Argentina 3rd Sunday in June Chile and Canada 3rd Sunday in June
France 3rd Sunday in June Japan 3rd Sunday in June
Netherlands 3rd Sunday in June United Kingdom 3rd Sunday in June
United States 3rd Sunday in June India 3rd Sunday in June
Australia 1st Sunday in September New Zealand 1st Sunday in September
Denmark 2nd Sunday in November Finland 2nd Sunday in November
Norway 2nd Sunday in November Sweden 1st Sunday in September
Portugal St. Joseph’s Day March 19 Spain St. Joseph’s Day March 19
Germany Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter) Lithuania The first Sunday in June
Belgium St. Joseph’s Day & 2nd Sunday in June Bulgaria June 20
Taiwan August 8 Brazil 2nd Sunday in August
Thailand December 5 (This is the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej)

Surprisingly, the dates of the celebration of Father’s Day are not the same everywhere. The customs and traditions differ from one country to another. With the earliest record of Father’s Day found in the ruins of Babylon, one can easily understand the fact that Father Day has been celebrated for centuries. The Countries, where the Catholic Church were of significant influence on the culture and society, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). However, a more secular celebration which is not associated with any religion is followed in recent times to reflect the increased diversity of the people who live there. There are times when the Dads get a little lucky and enjoy Father’s Day goodies more than once every year!

Indulging the sweet daddies with breakfast in bed; gifting out cards, flowers, chocolates ,neckties, shirts, electronic gadgets, stationery items; games and various other activities, get-togethers mark Father’s Day to strengthen the bond between a father and child and are the traditional way of celebrating Father’s Day not only in U.S. but also, all over the world in the recent times.

Father’s Day is celebrated with enthusiasm and gifts galore to reflect on the invaluable role and contribution of fathers in the family. People honor their father and express gratitude for his love and affection on Father’s Day . As a Father’s Day tradition, people in US and Canada, along with their Dads, pay tribute to grandfather, stepfather, foster father, uncle or men who plays the Father figure role in their lives. The tradition of celebrating Fathers Day in Canada has been influenced from US. People in Canada too wear roses to express gratitude and love for their father as their US counterparts. The event is popularly observed as a time for family reunion as well, with children staying away from families coming together to celebrate the day with their fathers and other loved ones; Paying tribute by giving out donations in the name of their fathers or by performing acts of service; Dining out. Business in restaurants and eating joints witness a huge rush on the occasion.

Several clubs, schools and cultural societies in United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia, South Africa organize Fathers Day parties and get-togethers and provide people an opportunity to celebrate the day in a wide scale to stress the importance of Father’s role in the development of the family and the society as a whole. The effort to spread a sense of responsibility and devotion to fathers are also made besides, children who in turn are encouraged to pay full attention and respect to their father.

The occasion in Australia is celebrated privately in households. Breakfast meeting for families is also a common affair of Father Day celebrations in Australia.

Many in South Africa go out for picnic, fishing or just for a meal in restaurant.

Celebrating Father’s Day is a new concept in India and highly influenced by the U.S. celebrations. It is perhaps not even a decade old. The idea of honoring fathers has been appreciated by Indians as well to a large extent like all other countries. The event is marked by expressing gratitude for fathers. Father’s Day celebration in India takes place in the same way as in UK or US though in a limited way. Awareness about Fathers Day festival is much greater in metropolitan cities and bigger towns due to the greater exposure of people to the western cultures and is fast catching up with people in smaller towns and cities of India as well. The idea is to instill noble values and principles in children to pay due respect to the elders especially dads and understand the importance of a family.

However, the popularity of Fathers Day has also led to an extensive commercialization of the event. According to critics the rigorous marketing campaign has spoiled the noble idea of honoring fathers on Father’s Day as many observe the day by performing the mere formality of presenting gifts to dad. Others, on the other hand see the positive side of commercialization and consider that it has helped to spread awareness and the significance about the day for children to honor their fathers.

Here’s wishing all the wonderful fathers out there a perfect Father’s Day. May you be blessed with a life of contentment, peace and happiness forever. For our life wouldn’t have a purpose to strive and excel without their support and secure guidance.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mr. Hansome
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 16:15:57


    It’s a ruin, now Esan doesn’t write in the blog, it seems a monologue, I can write every monday and answer me two days later
    I have read only about Mother’s Day.
    It’s coriuos, I though that Mother’s Day was the same day in worldwide.
    But always britons and americans are ass of the world. Whith Indians happend the same, in october 10 day to celebrate this day.
    In UK 100 years ago happened a similar of a “boxing day” the domestic servant had a day off to visit the family.
    History of USA is very commun, a woman fighting to celebrate this day.
    Others countries (Muslim countriies) celebrate this day but during all year the woman for example can’t drive a car or speak with another man, they are very hypocrites.
    For me now is very dificult to find a good present for my mother, because she says me , “I don’t want nothing, I have all things I need”, in this case I prefer to go to eat with my family this day.
    It’s more important to take care every days I no only one day.


    • luveustaki
      Mar 15, 2012 @ 21:41:05

      Mr. Handsome let’s try to be respectful to others shall we?
      As for Mother’s day, women always say they don’t want anything but that’s just to see if you’ll be wise enough to surprise them 🙂
      Have a wonderful day with the family!!


  2. Esan
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 20:04:45

    Mothers are under-rated,over-worked,over-stretched,taken for granted, under-loved,under-appreciated.
    But they are always there for us, always putting themselves to the end of the list and us to the top, doing what needs to be done to keep their loved ones happy,safe,warm and loved.
    Mothers, I believe are the glue that keeps the family together- once she goes, the family falls apart(from personal experience).
    I always tell people I know , who complain about their mothers, to stop. They don’t know they have. And I would hate for them to realise it when it’s too late……..

    As for presents, give your mother a big hug and kiss every day, telling her she looks beautiful and that you love her


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