Mother’s Day Around the World
Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. I will introduce the history and traditions in several countries.
Mother’s Day in US
Here in the United States Mother’s Day (the second Sunday in the month of May) is a national holiday and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. On this day, people will thank their mothers for unconditional love and support. Mother’s Day is considered as the next big day after Christmas, Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. Phone lines record a heavy traffic and card sales reaches its peak and restaurants are filled to their maximum capacity. Traditions for this day generally include things like breakfast in the bed, giving flowers, cards or gifts, and treating them to a meal. There is a tradition of wearing carnation on Mother’s Day in US.(5/10/2015)
Mother’s Day in the UK
In UK, Mother’s Day celebrations takes place on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. Since the Lent days are not fixed, the date for Mother’s Day changes every year. Mother’s Day came to be celebrated in UK in 17th century as Mothering Sunday, much before the custom began in US. In fact, England was the first country in the world to dedicate a day for mothers. In UK, there is a tradition of making a rich almond cake for mothers called ‘Mothering Cake’ or ‘Simnel Cake’ on Mother’s Day. (5/24/2015)
Mother’s Day in Mexico
In the North American country of Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on a fixed day of May 10. Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion. Children honor their mothers and thank them for their efforts in bringing them up. According to a custom in Mexico, sons and daughters make themselves present in the house on the eve of Mother’s Day on May 9. The day is celebrated with gusto as churches in Mexico organize special mass. The highpoint of the event is the orchestra, which plays “las mañanitas” and distribution of ‘tamales’ and ‘atole’, the traditional early-morning meal to all local mothers.
Mother’s Day in Ireland
In Ireland, Mother’s Day in Ireland also takes place on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. The history of celebrating Mother’s Day in Ireland, can be traced to the medieval practice where children from poor families were sent to work as domestic servants and apprentices to work with the rich. Once in the year in the middle of the Lent these children were given a day off to visit their ‘Mother Church’ and worship Virgin Mary. After visiting the Mother Church or Cathedral of their hometown, these children visited their mothers and presented them with flowers they picked along the way. On Mother’s Day, people in Ireland present flowers and cards to their mothers to express love and gratitude. (5/24/2015)
Submitted by Peiran Zheng