It’s that time of year when we say Thanks for all that our moms do for us! Showing gratitude to one’s parents is something that takes place in nearly all world cultures. You can check out a map of Mother’s Day dates in countries around the world. If you are a mom, perhaps it’s time to plan a long trip to take advantage of the multiple celebrations! Here are a few stops you might consider making on your journey:
The origins of Mothering Day in Ireland begin in medieval times. Children in poor families were often sent to work as servants for the rich. During Lent, the children had a day off to return to their ‘Mother Church’ and then visit their own mothers after the service. After World War II, the celebrations took on a more modern feel, with children giving gifts or flowers to their mothers (and living under the same roof!)
Churches play a role in Mother’s Day celebrations in Mexico. After a special mass, an orchestra plays “las mañanitas” and then ‘tamales’ and ‘atole’, the traditional early-morning meal, are distributed to all local mothers. Children also present gifts and schools organize skits or presentations for moms.
One tradition in Australia is to wear a carnation in honor of your mother. Colorful carnations indicate that your mother is still living, while a white carnation means that she is no longer living. Gift-giving, flowers, and special meals are also part of the celebration.
To learn more about how Mother’s Day is celebrated in other countries, visit 10 Other Mother’s Days or Mother’s Day Around the World
What special tradition do you have for celebrating your mother? Share with us in the Comments!