Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother’s Day is a special day set aside in celebration of mothers all over the world. Many other countries celebrate Mother’s day on the second shutterstock_78489754Sunday in May while other countries celebrate on a fixed day such as the May 10th,  Spain for example, will celebrate their Mother’s day on May 7th. In the UK, it’s held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and three weeks before Easter Sunday. So while not every country celebrates Mother’s Day at the same time, what’s important is to honour mothers worldwide and that most countries do celebrate this special day.

Here is a look at how Mother’s Day is celebrated across the globe.

mother-day-1430207United Kingdom – March 26th, 2017

Mother’s Day in the UK, also known as Mothering Sunday, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent, so it falls on a different date each year. In the UK Mother’s Day is celebrated with families treating their mothers to a meal, flowers and presenting her with gifts.

United States – May 14th, 2017

In the U.S. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year. On this day, it is common for families to take their mother to a restaurant for lunch or dinner and to present her with flowers and gifts. Young children often make their mother a homemade card to show their appreciation for her.

India –  May 14th, 2017

Mother’s Day is a fairly new addition to Indian culture and is celebrated mostly in metropolitan areas shutterstock_55987126with many rural areas remaining unaware of the holiday. India celebrates it on the second Sunday in May by presenting their mothers with gifts and flowers.




Mexico – May 10th, 2017

In shutterstock_100633993Mexico Mother’s Day, known as “El Dia de la Madre,” is celebrated on the fixed date of May 10th. There is a tradition to begin the day with a famous song, “Las Mananitas” followed by gift giving and preparing a meal in honor of their mothers.

Australia- May 14th, 2017

mother-and-son-hug-full-1432157Mother’s Day is celebrated in Australia on the second Sunday in May. In Australia, it is a tradition to present mother’s with chrysanthemums both because the flower is naturally in season during the time and because its name ends with “mum”.  Men will also often wear chrysanthemums on this day in honor of their mothers.


Author: Asian Mums Network blogger




Mother’s Day around the world


Date Countries


12 Feb 2017 Norway
3 Mar 2017 Georgia
8 Mar 2017 Afghanistan , Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Laos, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine
26 Mar 2017 United Kingdom, Ireland, Nigeria, Bangladesh (This is the 4th Sunday of Lent)
21 Mar 2017 Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen
25 Mar 2017 Slovenia
7 Apr 2017 Armenia
7 May 2017 Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique, Denmark
8 May 2017 South Korea (Parent’s Day)
14 May 2017 Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaasao, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
15 May 2017 Paraguay
26 May 2017 Poland
27 May 2017 Bolivia
28 May 2017 Algeria, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia
30 May 2017 Nicaragua
1 Jun 2017 Mongolia (Mother’s & Children’s Day)
11 Jun 2017 Luxembourg
3 Jul 2017 South Sudan
12 Aug 2017 Thailand
15 Aug 2017 Costa Rica, Antwerp
9 Oct 2017 Malawi
15 Oct 2017 Argentina
3 Nov 2017 Timor Leste
26 Nov 2017 Russia
8 Dec 2017 Panama
22 Dec 2017 Indonesia

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