Mother’s Day Around the World

It’s that time of year to show that special someone just how much you honor them.  It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and you’re probably wondering how you’ll show your mom how much you’re grateful for the times she fed you, gave you a shoulder to cry on and continually told you, “Everything’s going to be alright.  And if it’s not, I’m always here for you.”  Whether you’re celebrating with gifts of carnations or roses or cooking Mom breakfast in bed, today is a time to show Mom how much you care, and the rest of the world agrees.  To see how much everyone cares about Moms, take a look at how different parts of the world show their love.


Since 1950, France has celebrated “fetes des meres” on the fourth Sunday in May, unless it interrupts Pentacost and is moved back a week.  Traditions include family dinners and giving cards and gifts.  Dessert consists of a cake that resembles a bouquet of flowers, instead of giving Mom a live bouquet.

United Kingdom

Mothering Sunday has been observed in the United Kingdom on the fourth day of Lent since the 16th century.  It was originally meant as a day for families to attend church as well as make an almond cake, also known as a “Mothering Cake” or “Simnel Cake.”  Although this was a common tradition for many years, it was stopped during the Industrial Revolution when working conditions changed daily life.  Currently Mother’s Day is a huge celebration and flowers, usually roses, carnations or chrysanthemums, reach their maximum sales.


Mother’s Day is taken very seriously in Mexico and is often the busiest time of year for many restaurants.  The day has plenty of music, food and parties as well as its own song “Las Mananitas.”  Observed on May 10th every year with a special Catholic mass, tamales and atole are given to all local mothers in the morning.


On Mother’s Day, you’ll find many people in Japan saying, “Haha no Hi!” Japanese for “Happy Mother’s Day!”  Mother’s Day in Japan traces its roots back to a day recognized for the birthday of Empress Koujon of the Showa period, but it eventually took shape after Christians living in Japan in 1913 began to celebrate this specific day.  Even though it ended during World War II when western customs were banned, a revival developed and this holiday is now celebrated on the second Sunday of May.  A 2014 poll of 1000 adult men reported that 87% of them will purchase something for their mothers, and it doesn’t hurt that dishes of nimono, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), miso soup, chawanmashi (egg custard), tofu and sashimi are abundant on this special day.

If you’re sharing love for your mom with brunch, a craft project or coupons promising completion of future chores, it’s inspiring to see how countries around the world celebrate their mothers.  Whether you’re singing “Las Mananitas” or baking an almond cake or telling your mom “Haha no Hi,” it’s clear Mothers mean something to people all over the world.  Is your mother close or far away?  It doesn’t matter, because as these celebrations show, Mothers mean the world wherever you happen to be.


“Here’s How 9 Other Countries Celebrate Mother’s Day.”, Noah Rayman, May 11, 2014.

Mother’s Day Celebration, Day for Mothers and “Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World” on WHSV.

How are you planning on showing your mother your love for Mother’s Day?  Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?

This post is a part of Sweet Inspiration.

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  1. indrani

    That was so informative!
    Here in India we don’t have that concept but kids are getting influenced by such foreign culture. My daughters wished me and that made me happy! 🙂

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I’m glad you enjoyed these insights into Mother’s Day! I had read India was starting to adopt Mother’s Day, so I hope you get to celebrate more in the future.

  2. KreativK

    Mother’s Day is a special day, and I find it interesting how other countries and cultures celebrate it! Thank you for your info and for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #5! Have a lovely Tuesday!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks! It’s great to see how people throughout the world value and enjoy holidays like Mother’s Day.

  3. This is fascinating! Coming from the UK, where we’ve grown up celebrating our mums in March it’s pretty confusing changing over to a May Mother’s Day, for us and our mums!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Interesting to see how practices and traditions change over the years. It must be difficult remembering that Mother’s Day is switched to a different day and month!

  4. What a fun post Brooke. And now I’ll tell you about Greece. As far as I know we didn’t celebrate it here, it is a western import along with a great man more imports. But we do celebrate now and mother’s get their share of poems and flowers from the children.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks for sharing your experiences in Greece, Mary! It seems more and more countries are starting to adopt Mother’s Day.

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