Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Mother’s Day is one of the most important celebrations in the world. This is the day we give honor to our mothers for all their sacrifices to the family. It’s just a week before the celebration but do you know how it started and how the world celebrates it?


Here are some quick facts about Mother’s Day:

The modern Mother’s Day celebration began in 1908. It was Anna Jarvis who initiated a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States.

Although some countries observe Mother’s Day on different dates, it is officially celebrated every second Sunday of May, worldwide by almost 50 countries.

In the Czech Republic, Mother’s Day started in 1923, Alice Masaryková was the promoter of the celebration.

In Paraguay, Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor the role played by Juana María de Lara that led to Paraguay’s independence.

In Samoa, Monday after Mother’s Day is a national holiday.

Mother’s Day celebration in Egypt was first introduced by journalist Mustafa Amin and was first celebrated in 1956.

In South Sudan, the first Mother’s Day was held in July 2, 2012.

In Sweden, the first celebration of Mother’s Day was initiated by the author Cecilia Bååth-Holmberg 1919.

In Taiwan, Mother’s Day is celebrated together with Buddha’s Birthday and Tzu Chi Day.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days for sales of flowers and greeting cards and it yields the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter. Many worshippers celebrated the day with carnation, colored if the mother is still alive and white if deceased.

Mother’s Day celebration in Australia was started by Janet Heyden in 1924. Traditionally, chrysanthemum is given to “mums” for Mother’s Day.

In Belgium, children make little presents for Mom a week before Mother’s Day or Moederkesdag. Fathers typically buy croissants and other sweet breads and pastries and bring these to the mother while she’s still in bed.

In China, carnation is a very popular gift during Mother’s Day and the most sold flowers during the celebration.


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