Mothers Day around the world in 2024

Mothers Day around the world in 2024

Mother’s Day is a day that focuses honoring mother’s, the day gives us chance to express our deep gratitude for the most important person in our lives, our mom. People take the opportunity to show mothers how much they’re appreciated with cards, gifts, flowers, and thoughtful gestures like breakfast in bed or at-home spa treatments. It is the day to tell her how much we love her and how special she is for us.

Countries have different dates for Mother day celebration and as cultures differ drastically around the world and so are traditions in Mother’s Day. Large number of countries celebrate Mother’s Day as the date set by United Nations i.e. second Sunday in the month of May. While, there are different cases. Mothers Day is celebrated in an entirely different time of the year in some countries.

But what ever may be the date of Mother’s Day around the world, the spirit is the same everywhere. Mothers are respected and children’s pay their humble tribute and thank her for giving them birth and providing the best care and upbringing.


America celebrates Mother’s Day on the most popular day around the world, the second Sunday in May. It is known to have originated by American Anna Jarvis in 1907. Anna Jarvis wanted a day of celebration where mothers and their children came together to share time and express their love. US President Woodrow Wilson declared this particular day as Mother’s Day in the year 1914, by signing a Joint Declaration.

United Kingdom

Mother’s Day in United Kingdom is known as Mothering Sunday which falls on Lent’s last Sunday. U.K’s Mother’s Day tradition traces its root back in the 1700s when child housemaids or servants return home for a couple of days to spend time with their mum. In modern times, the holiday is tightly associated with Christianity, with churches giving out daffodils to children to take home and gift their mother.


French have chosen a different date to pay tribute to their mothers. The “Fête des Mères” occurs on the last Sunday of May. Every year, the French Republic pays an official tribute to Mothers during this special day dedicated to the celebration of Mother’s Day.


In Russia, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of November, paying tribute to maternal devotion, their sacrifice for the good of their children and also in order to increase the social significance of motherhood.


Norwegians celebrate and honor their mothers each year on the second Sunday of February. It is a day for showing appreciation towards mothers and mother figures.


Mother’s Day in Ukraine is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.


In Poland Mother’s Day is celebrated on 26th May every year and don’t change like many other countries.


The first Sunday of May, the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary according to the Catholic faith is celebrated as Mother’s Day.


In Portugal, the “Dia da Mãe”, an unofficial holiday, is held on the first Sunday of May.


In Hungary, Mother’s Day is also celebrated on the first Sunday of May.


“Muttertag” was established by the Association of German Florists and usually falls on the second Sunday in May. Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Cyprus also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.


Mother’s Day for the Jewish population of Israel falls on Shevat 30 of the Jewish calendar, between January 30 and March 1.


In Mexico Mother’s Day is celebrated on fixed day i.e. May 10. Mexican mothers get a “surprise” visit from her children on the eve of Mother’s Day, and they usually come bearing presents.


In the Land of the Rising Sun, Mother’s Day takes place on May’s Second Sunday, just like USA, and India. On this day children’s draw their mommy, and prepare a meal for their mum usually with dishes that mum has taught them.


Mother’s Day in China is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. As the day is for showing respect for the elderly and filial piety towards parents the tradition was accepted by people without hesitation.


Taiwan Mother’s Day is celebrated on second Sunday in May. Buddha’s birthday was changed to fit the date of Mother’s Day. On this day, street-decoration is everywhere and there are also carnivals down the main boulevards. Parties are held in celebration of the Buddha as well as all mothers across this island.


In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 12th of August as this is the birthday of their queen – Queen Sirikit.


Swedish Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday of May instead of the second. The children’s on this day do good deeds for their mums.


Australia celebrate Mother’s Day same day as US – the second Sunday in the month of May. The tradition was started in 1924 by Janet Hayden, a lady from Leichhardt, Sydney.


Just as USA Canada also celebrates Mother’s Day in the second Sunday in the month of May.


Indians also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, where as the concept of celebration is very new in India.

South Africa

In South Africa, Mothers Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in the month of May.


The day is celebrated on second Sunday of May same as is celebrated in other many parts of the world. The three day feast celebrated during Mother’s Day is known as “Antrosht”

Middle East

Arab countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Qatar and Syria celebrate Mother’s Day on the Match 21, or the Spring equinox.

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