Unless the recent weather resulted in you avoiding all contact with shopping, you can’t failed to have noticed that this Sunday (11th March 2018), is Mother’s Day. You shouldn’t need a reason; however old you are, to show your mum your appreciation for all that she has done for you and will do in the future, but if you do, this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to do so!
For some, a special gift is in order. For others it’s a nice meal out. It might just be finally spending some quality time together. Perhaps you have an ancient family tradition, passed down the generations?
Other countries celebrate Mother’s Day too, but the special day typically falls on a different date. Below we’ve rounded up some of the many weird and wonderful ways other countries will be showing their mums some love on their Mother’s Day:
In France, Mother’s Day takes place on the last Sunday of May or first Sunday of June. . Traditionally, French children will spend the day doing chores for their Mothers, giving them gifts and a large celebration meal is always held at the end of the day.
Instead of March, in India, Mother’s Day is celebrated during the second week of May. Indian Culture is very family-orientated, so children spend the day thanking their mums for everything they do and it’s protocol that mum stays out the kitchen, so everyone else can prepare a big, celebratory meal for her.
In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is celebrated at the end of the rainy season, as part of the ‘Antrosht’ festival, which celebrates mums for three whole days! When the rain has cleared, families gather together for a large feast, where the daughters will traditionally bring along vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, whilst the sons bring along the meat.
Mother’s Day in Japan falls on the second Sunday of May and many children will spend time at school creating art to celebrate their mums; which is then entered into a worldwide competition. As well as this, gifts are exchanged; the most common gifts being red carnations, scarves, handkerchiefs and handbags.
Mother’s Day is especially important in Taiwan as it falls on the same day as the Buddha’s birthday. Therefore, many celebrations are held; from carnivals to lavish parties; to not only celebrate the Buddha, but also Mothers.
In Serbia, Mother’s Day is one of three holidays celebrated in December; the other two being Children’s Day and Father’s Day! On Children's Day, children are tied up and must agree to behave before they are unbound. Then on Mother's Day, it is the mum's turn to be tied up; where she will remain until she gives treats and small gifts to her children. Lastly, on Father’s Day, it is Dad’s turn to be tied up until they present their families with Christmas gifts. A large feast is then enjoyed by the whole family!
The Swedish like to do things a little differently on Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of May. Children will often gather at the local markets to sell small, plastic flowers, with the money then being used to send the children and their Mothers on a little getaway.