Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to let your mother know how much you love her. Mother’s unconditional love, support, and sense of sacrifice make her a being of reverence. Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate motherhood and thank your mother for all small and big things she has done for you. However, did you know that Mother’s Day celebration has been celebrated from ages? It is believed that ancient Greeks celebrated Mother’s Day in spring by honouring Rhea, ‘mother of the gods’ by offering honey-cakes, flowers and drinks. Mother’s Day is the day to acknowledge her mother’s unconditional love, support, and the efforts in raising her kid. This day is celebrated across the globe though on different dates. Similarly, celebrations also vary from country to country. It’s interesting to know how different culture and traditions capture the spirit of this special day.
In UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It began in the 17th Century. The traditional festival was known as Mothering Sunday, but today it is popularly known as Mother’s Day. It’s the day to thank mothers for their love and care. On this day, flowers are the most popular gift for mothers. Most popular flowers are roses followed by carnations and chrysanthemums. In the UK, on this day there is a tradition of making almond cake called Simnel Cake.
In United States Mother’s Day is a national holiday and celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Every year on second Sunday of May, it’s time for Mother’s Day celebration in United States. History of Mother’s Day is not more than 100 years old in the US. It was after a long struggle by a loving daughter, Anna Jarvis, that Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday by US Government. On this day, children present their mothers with beautiful flowers and gifts. Carnations are considered traditional mother’s day flowers. Red carnations are symbol of love and affection. Whereas, white carnations are worn this day in respect of those mother’s who are no longer living. As a part of mother’s day custom in US, kids give their mothers a break from daily household chores and take them out for a festive dinner. So, why not plan to do something special on this day!
French celebrate mother’s day on the last Sunday in the month of May. Traditionally, a French mother is honoured with a cake, which resembles a bouquet of flowers. This is followed by a traditional family dinner. So, celebrate Mother’s day like French people and surprise your mother with a flower bouquet cake.
Unlike France and United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on 8th December. The Mother’s Day in Spain has more of a religious significance and associated with paying tribute to Mother Mary. To make this day special to their mothers, children buy chocolates, flowers, and cards for them.
In Thailand, 12th August is celebrated as the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and with it the nation immerses in celebrations. As the Queen is also regarded as mother to all Thai people, this day is also celebrated as ‘Mother’s Day.’ Mother’s Day morning in Thailand starts by giving alms to the monks. Following the Thai tradition, kids kneel down before their mother to show their love and gratitude. They present her with white jasmine flowers or garlands, in return mother shower her blessings on kids. On this day, white jasmine flowers are a common sight in Thailand as they are the symbol of maternal love.
Unlike United States, Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated on 10th May every year. On this day, churches in Mexico organise a special mass. This is followed with distribution of ‘tamales’ and ‘atole’, the traditional early-morning meal for all mothers. The tradition of giving gifts on this occasion is age old. The older children buy gifts for their mother, whereas the younger ones prepare handmade gifts to present their mothers.