What is Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is a celebration that honors mothers and celebrates motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated in several days in many parts of the world, although more frequently in March, April or May. Complementing Father’s Day, the celebration in honor of parents
Mother’s Day around the world
In most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, including the United States, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. A notable exception to this rule are the United Kingdom and Ireland, which celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21 (vernal equinox). Most Eastern European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8. For a full description of Mother’s Day dates around the world, see Mother’s Day on Wikipedia.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent celebration derived from holidays, as it has evolved in the United States. When adopted by other countries and cultures, it received different meanings, associated with different events (religious, historical or legendary), and were held on a different date or dates.
Some countries already had existing celebrations in honor of motherhood, and their celebrations have adopted several external characteristics of American holidays, such as giving carnations and other gifts to their own mother.
The scope of the celebrations varies a lot. In some countries, it is potentially offensive for the mother not to mark Mother’s Day. In others, it is a little known festival, celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture (compare the celebrations of Diwali in the United Kingdom and the United States)