Happy Mother’s day. Feliz dia de las Madres. Fete des meres. Buona Festa della mamma. There are so many languages to wish happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world. All these languages mean the same-love and honour for the old lady. Most importantly to thank all the mothers for everything they do all year long. Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world in different ways and dates. While these mother’s day traditions might vary from country to country, love for the moms remains the same.
In the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Currently, it’s celebrated in the same way as it is in America with cakes, gifts and flowers for the mom. However, during medieval times, this was the day when poor families and servants were granted an off to worship the Virgin Mary and visit their family. Instead, children were sent off to work and pick flowers for their mothers and bake Mothering cakes or Simnel cake.
In Brazil, Mother’s day is as important as Christmas. It’s celebrated on the second Sunday of May with church events, special performances of children and community barbecues. Whereas in Germany, Mother’s day falls on either first or second Sunday in May with a political significance. Before WWII, medals were given based on how many children were there in each household and encouraged to produce more children for the Vaterland. Currently, it’s marked by gifts, card exchange, and special meals.
Similarly, Australian heavily depend on flowers as a Mother’s Day gift including carnations and chrysanthemums. They also hold events on this day to raise money for women’s cause. In Japan, Mother’s day symbolized by red carnations and roses mostly. Children help their mother in their household chores, followed by a family dinner and gifts for the mumsy.
France observes Mother’s day in late May or early June and was only declared a holiday by Nepolean after 1950. It’s marked by pampering mothers just like in most countries.Meanwhile, Ethiopia celebrated Mother’s day at the end of the fall rainy season as a part of their three-day festival or Antrosht. It includes special meals, singing and dancing with all family members.
Serbia has three holidays on consecutive Sundays to celebrate Mother’s Day along with Father’s Day and Children’s Day in December. On the other hand, In India, this Mother’s special day is highly influenced by western culture. Although, according to the Hindu calendar, Indians celebrate the goddess Durga
or Divine Mother during a 10-day festival to mark the triumph of good over evil.
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