Did you know that International Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world on the second Sunday in May? In 2021, Mother’s Day will be on May 9th. Learn more about this tradition by reading this article.
Then, use this information to plan your own Mother’s Day celebration. But before we get started, let’s take a look at the origins and dates of the holiday. And don’t forget to celebrate with your mom and family this year!
In the United States, the holiday is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Other countries also observe it, but many do so on different dates throughout the year. The holiday has its roots in church traditions.
The fourth Sunday of Lent, called Laetare Sunday, was celebrated by Christians and was regarded as the day to celebrate mothers and the people who nurtured them. The day’s modern meaning was derived from these traditions, which were observed mainly in the United States and Britain.
In ancient Greece, the tradition was celebrated on the same day as the annual festival to honor the goddess Rhea, the mother of all gods. This festival honoured mothers, and sacrificed animals and crops to celebrate her fertility.
It also commemorates the sacrifices women made for children. The original date of the holiday is unknown, but some countries have added more days to the calendar. In Austria, the day is observed on the second Sunday of May.
In Egypt, the day was first celebrated in 1956, and has since been replicated by other Arab countries. In Israel, the day is known as “Family Day,” in honor of mothers and the love that exists within the family.
The day occurs on Shevat 30, the Jewish calendar, between January 30 and March 1. The idea for Mother’s Day originated from Henrietta Szold, a Holocaust survivor and Leiter of the Youth Aliyah movement, which saved hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi Germany.
As the day to honor mothers is celebrated worldwide, we have decided to list all the countries, including Nigeria and Australia, where the holiday is officially observed. The United Nations officially proclaims the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. However, many cultures and countries celebrate the day in other ways.
This diversity in celebrations, observance, and customs makes Mother’s Day a truly global event. Let’s examine a few of them, and learn more about the origins of these traditions.
First, let’s look at where Mother’s Day will be celebrated in 2021 and beyond. The United Kingdom will observe Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. In the UK, it will be celebrated on March 14 and the second Sunday of March in 2022.
In Norway, the holiday falls on the second Sunday of February. In addition to celebrating Mother’s Day around the world, several countries have introduced their own national days based on their own customs and histories.
The most common day to celebrate Mother’s Day is the second Sunday of May in most countries, including the US, Canada, and most European countries. Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day include the Philippines, South Africa, and India.
The UK and Ireland celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, while most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the vernal equinox. French-speaking countries also honor their mothers with a special holiday, Mothering Sunday.
While the United States has long celebrated Mother’s Day, many other cultures have adopted the celebration of the day to honor women. In India, motherhood is celebrated throughout the year. But the celebration of the day has now found its way to the country’s calendar. Earlier this year, it was relegated to a single day, so the tradition has taken root there as well.
Many traditions have emerged for this day, including cleaning the graves of women ancestors, giving medals to the most fertile women, and a week-long celebration of mothers.
The Italians celebrate La Festa della Mamma with a large family meal, while schoolchildren create handmade gifts for their mothers and their families take care of chores on this day. In Singapore, the importance of Mother’s Day gifts is high.
Sweden’s Mother’s Day celebration is on the last Sunday of May, and the Red Cross sells small plastic flowers to help poor mothers. This tradition has spread across the world, and many people have a special way of honoring their mother.
The Indian tradition of honoring the goddess Durga on Mother’s Day is one of the oldest, and most widespread. Hindus celebrate the goddess as the mother goddess, and they prepare food and decorate their homes for the festival weeks in advance.
Ethiopians also pay tribute to their mothers by laying white flowers on their dead mothers’ graves. Traditional Ethiopian mothers’ festivals last three days and are celebrated after the rainy season ends in early autumn.
Origins in different countries
The celebration of Mother’s Day differs from country to country. It began as a religious holiday in the United States, and was not celebrated in Germany until the 1920s. The socialist government of the time had a different agenda, and Mother’s Day in Germany was never celebrated regularly until the 1930s.
In France, however, the day was first celebrated in 1918, and some cities began celebrating it on that date. This holiday was used to honor mothers who had a large family, with the Mutterkreuz awarded to mothers who gave birth to four or more “Aryan” children.
In the Middle Ages, the day was traditionally observed as Mothering Sunday. It was a day when children who had domestic servant jobs were allowed to have a day off for their mothers. Today, the day is celebrated as Mother’s Day in most countries. In the United States, the holiday is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
Historically, Mothering Sunday began as a Christian festival, and in Britain, was celebrated as Laetare Sunday. Throughout history, the day has been attributed to various groups and women, but it is now mostly recognized as Mother’s Day.
The origins of Mother’s Day are varied. In ancient times, children would pick flowers and present them to their mothers. Today, children buy a bouquet of flowers online and consider it the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
Similarly, in the Middle Ages, apprentices and servants would take special cakes on Mother’s Day. The Simnel cake was a rich fruit mixture covered with layers of almond paste, topped off with marzipan balls.
Observances for international mother’s days differ widely from country to country. In some countries, the President of the country honours mothers with medals for their achievements in their field.
In other countries, the white carnation is the official symbol. The following list outlines some of the customs and traditions in different countries. While some countries may have different traditions for this day, some of them are similar.
In many countries, Mother’s Day is a national holiday. In Egypt, it falls on March 21. The holiday is widely observed in Egypt and several Arab countries, as it marks the birth of the revered Queen Sirikit.
In Thailand, the holiday is observed on Aug. 12, a Sunday, on which children make crafts for their mothers. The traditional mother’s day food is a Simnel cake made with two layers of almond paste.
Ethiopia celebrates its national holiday on a different date. The “Antrosht” festival is three days long and dedicated to mothers. Children bring butter, spices, and meat to the celebration. Men and women celebrate by singing songs.
During the feast, mothers and daughters anoint each other’s faces with butter. Sons also bring fruit and meats to celebrate this national holiday.
Bereaved mothers’ day
Bereaved mothers’ day on international – and any other time of the year – is a special occasion to remember their children and celebrate their life. This day was founded in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, a young woman who dedicated the day to her mother, Ann.
Over the years, the celebration has grown into a global event, and bereaved mothers are no exception. While their immediate families may still celebrate mother’s day in the same way, they deserve a day all their own.
A support group is an excellent place to start for bereaved mothers. Though they will never hold their child again, they will hold them in their hearts.
On Mother’s Day, many bereaved mothers connect with other mothers and find comfort from their shared grief. Many are encouraged to visit the gravesite of their child to place flowers or to polish their child’s urn and light a candle in memory of their child.
International Bereaved Mother’s Day honors the memories of those who lost their children. It is the first Sunday in May. It was started by Australian Carlie Marie Dudley in 2010 and has gained worldwide recognition since then.
Carly Marie Dudley hopes to change the world of Mother’s Day so that the surviving mothers of all types will feel supported and understood. She believes that motherhood is not about being happy or being loved – it should be a day to remember and honor the children who aren’t with us.