Here in America, we celebrate Moms by giving her flowers, chocolates or other gifts to say, “Thanks for being awesome!”
We did a little research to see how other countries honored all of their moms, and what we found was pretty interesting…
During Medieval times, the United Kingdom celebrated their “Mothering Sunday” on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Children would have one day off (which was rare) from their servant/apprentice work to worship the Virgin Mary. Children would pick flowers or bake them a cake. Nowadays the UK celebrates the day the same way we do with flowers and gifts.
In Brazil, Mother’s Day is one of the most commercialized holidays – up there with Chrstimas. Typically the second Sunday in May, families get together, have BBQs and there are children performances and church events.
Known as “Muttertag” in Germany, this day also falls on the second Sunday in May. Cards are the most popular gift for mom here.
Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, in Japan is celebrated with carnations. In Japanese culture the carnations represent the gentle strength of mothers.
Australia’s traditions are similar to Japan’s traditions in that they also celebrate with carnations, and also chrysanthemums. Many Mother’s Day events are held in order to collect donations towards women’s causes.
France holds similar traditions that we do. Mom can relax, the kids do the chores and help around the house. Their Mother’s day falls in late May or early June depending on the Pentecost. Kids read poems and a big dinner celebration finishes the day!
What do you do on Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear about your family traditions!