Mother’s Day: A Global Holiday
By: Cara Parenti, Work and Travel Intern
Happy Mother’s Day. Felice Feste della Mamma. 母亲节快乐. Bonne fête des meres. It doesn’t matter how you say it, the sentiment is always the same.
On Sunday May 11th, Mother’s Day, a special day to celebrate the act of motherhood, is celebrated in several countries. In a large number of countries, including the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. While the date and customs may vary, everyone knows how important it is to honor mothers for all that they do.
Here is how some different countries honor their mothers through their own traditions:
Mother’s Day in the U.S.: In the U.S., Mother’s Day is a national holiday that is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Generally, traditions for this day include breakfast in bed and giving flowers, cards or gifts.
Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom: In the U.K., Mother’s Day is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Before the custom began in the U.S., this day of honor was first celebrated in the 17th century as “Mothering Day.” Now, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, children typically give their mothers flowers and bouquets to express their appreciation and love for them.
Mother’s Day in India: Mother’s Day events are relatively new to India. The holiday has quickly become popular in big cities and is starting to branch out to smaller towns. Many children in India honor their mothers by cooking up their favorite dishes, allowing them to have a day’s rest from the kitchen.
Mother’s Day in Italy: One of the most important holidays of the Italian year, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Usually, children present their mothers with poems that they prepared at school and a cake made in the shape of a heart. Sons and daughters are expected to come home the night before and treat their mother to a lavish breakfast the next morning.
Mother’s Day in Thailand: In Thailand, Mother’s Day takes place on August 12th, the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. As the Queen is also regarded as mother to all Thai people, this day is dedicated to honoring mothers all over the country. On the morning of Mother’s Day, children typically kneel down before their mother to show their love and gratitude. White jasmine flowers are a common sight in Thailand on Mother’s day as they are the symbol of maternal love and usually given to mothers as gifts.
Wherever you are in the world, don’t forget to honor all the women in your life, and share your Mother’s Day traditions with CCI Greenheart!