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Mother’s Day Around The Globe

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

There is a significant difference in cultures all around the world. Food habits, language, religion, festivals and so much more vary. But the love of a mother across nations, borders, and cultures remain the same. With Mother’s Day  around the corner, we all tend to get a little teary-eyed thinking of the sacrifices they made all their lives for our wellbeing. Even though one day is not enough to appreciate our mothers – and it is not supposed to be that way – who does not like a day specially dedicated to them? Mother’s Day is celebrated globally on different days, following local culture,  traditions and even government declarations.  

Mother’s Day Across The Globe

We may live far apart in different time zones and speak different languages but a child’s love for the mother knows no boundary.  We have curated a list of Mother’s Day celebrations in different countries.  Mother’s Day in UK  Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent every year. It  started as a church tradition which is also known as Mothering Sunday. Catholic  Christians visited ‘mother church’ on this day. The tradition is to present mothers with a rich almond cake called ‘Mothering Cake’. The festivity has evolved with time and now includes the gifting of cards and flowers as a way of showing gratitude. 

Mother’s Day in US 

 What began as a support to world peace became a celebration for mothers in America. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, it is one   of their biggest festivals after Christmas, and  a national holiday. Kids make breakfast for their mothers and try to keep them away from daily chores for   that day.  Restaurants are fully packed, and over 133 million cards are gifted to mothers on Mother’s Day alone.   

Mother’s Day in India

Mother’s Day is a relatively new concept for Indians dating back to only a decade. The acceptance and celebration of an alien concept shows India’s cordial compliance with the western culture and our firm mother devotion. Children make the day special for their mothers by taking them out, showering them with gifts, trying to relieve them from day-to-day duties,  or by just spending quality time with them. 

Mother’s Day in South Africa

 In South Africa, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. The most gifted flower is the Carnation. Apart from the usual gifts and cards,   what’s unique about the South African celebration is that they not only thank and spoil their mothers on this day but also all the other motherly figures   in their life from grandmothers to aunts. It is a time for the entire family to come together and celebrate the female force. 


Mother’s Day in Australia

 Like many other countries, Mother’s Day in Australia is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Australians wear carnations as a way of showing   respect. White carnations are worn as a tribute by people whose mothers are no more, whereas coloured carnations signify that a person’s mother is   alive. Like South Africans, Australians too appreciate their aunts and grandmothers for their motherly love and care with gifts and flowers.   This Mother’s Day make sure that you let your moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends who have somehow played the role of a mother know     how much you value and respect them. Spread love and be kind!