Mother’s Day around the world

Mother's Day is just around the corner in many countries – e.g. May 14 in the US and Germany.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in various countries across the world but not everywhere and not always in the same way. Regardless of the date on which or how it is celebrated, one thing is the same across the world: Mother’s Day is there for you to express your love for your mom, and that you want to do something nice for her on this special day.

Your mom is bound to love, for example, breakfast in bed, some extra help in the house, sweets, or a colorful bunch of spring flowers.

If you want to write your mom a poem or simply tell her how much you love her, you can make an awesome heart card here!

This is how the world celebrates

Ethiopia: The East African country does have Mother’s Day, but no fixed date for it; it depends on the start of the rainy season (October to November). As soon as the first drops fall, all children stay at home with their parents and celebrate several days with good food and drink. An unusual feature: mothers smear their faces with butter and dance while the men in the family sing along.

France and the UK: In France there are special Mother’s Day cakes. The British also celebrate the special day in this way. There, many mothers are given a simnel cake. There is a myth that it was invented a long time ago by siblings Simon and Nelly, who wanted to give their mother a cake. Unfortunately they couldn’t agree on whether the cake should be boiled or baked – so in the end, they did both :-) Today, the simnel is made with fruit sponge and a layer of marzipan.

Italy: The “Festa Della Mamma” is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, just as in Germany. Flowers and sweets are among the most popular gifts and the whole family gets together on this day.

Japan: The Japanese also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. A traditional gift is red carnations with a thank you note. Kids often clean the house or gift massages to spoil their moms on this day.
An unusual feature: In Japan, there used to be drawing competitions where children would draw their mothers. The best images were then published for the whole country to see.

Russia: There is no Mother’s Day in Russia. Mothers in Russia are honored on May 8, International Women’s Day, where they receive flowers and chocolates.

The second Sunday in May is the day on which Mother’s Day is celebrated, just as in Germany. The whole house is decorated with flowers and a festive decorated table is waiting for the mother.
It is part of the tradition to eat sweet gingerbread together.

Mongolia: In Mongolia, they don’t celebrate Mother’s Day, but a “Mother-Child Day.” It takes place every year on June 1 and is aimed at encouraging families to spend time with one another and value one another.

Mexico: In Mexico and many other countries in South America, it is traditional to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10. More greetings cards are sent for this occasion than any other – the family and especially mothers are highly valued!

Serbia: Mothers need to be careful in Serbia: children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her feet together. The “prisoner” then has to buy her freedom with sweets.