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Everything You Need To Know About Mother’s Day:

Everything You Need To Know About Mother’s Day:
By Gillian Crawford 10 March 2020 1 comment

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may find yourself looking for the perfect gift for the special mother figure in your life. But how much do you know about the origins of Mother’s Day? When is Mother’s Day celebrated? Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day? Why is it celebrated at different times around the world? Here you will find everything you need to know about Mother’s Day. What’s more, we have given you a few ideas on how to make your own Mother’s Day extra special.


Why do we celebrate Mother's Day?

Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday, is a time to show our appreciation for our mothers and the special mother figures in our life. It is a celebration of love through little acts of kindness. Whether it's spoiling her with her a spa day or writing a thoughtful card, Mother's Day is about making her feel extra special.

When is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In many countries, Mother’s Day falls on a different date each year, making it difficult to remember. To make it easier, in the UK, Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, that’s three weeks before Easter. This Year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 22nd March 2020.

In the United States, Mother’s Day always takes place on the second Sunday of May. Mother's Day falls on Sunday 10th May in 2020 in the US. Many countries also share this date such as Australia, Austria and Germany. Both Russia and Vietnam celebrate Mother’s Day on International Women’s Day, March 8.

Here is when Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world in 2020:

When is Mother's Day Celebrated Around the World? Chart for Mother's Day Dates

In 2020, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 8th March (International Women’s Day) in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Laos, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Vietnam.

Mother’s Day falls on the 22nd March 2020 in Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Nigeria, United Kingdom.

Many countries share the same date as the US for celebrating their mothers. In 2020, Mother’s Day is celebrated on 10th May 2020 in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.

What are the origins of Mother’s Day?

In the US, Anna Jarvis, the daughter of an American social activist, created Mother’s Day in 1907. Mother’s Day was created to honour motherhood and maternal bonds. Anna Jarvis fought to become the mother of Mother's Day. And, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday. Despite her fight, Anna Jarvis later regretted the creation of Mother’s Day. She claimed that it had become too commercialised. As a result, Jarvis attempted to abolish Mother’s Day as a national holiday in the States. She was even arrested for protesting against businesses promoting Mother’s Day gifts. Jarvis was not successful. Today, Mother's Day continues to be a popular national holiday in the US and across the globe.

So, what’s the difference between Mother’s Day in the US and UK? In the UK, Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday is a religious celebration, dedicated to honouring the Virgin Mary. It started in the Middle Ages, a time when children often worked away from home. During this time, children returned home to visit their ‘mother church’ and spend precious time with their mothers. Children often picked wildflowers on their journey home as a gift for their mothers. Simnel cake, a delicious dessert filled with fruit and spices, was also a popular Mother’s Day gift.

Although it has different origins, Mother’s Day in the UK has become more commercialised. By the 1950s, Mother’s Day had become more of a secular celebration, in line with the US. Today, the traditional phrase ‘Mothering Sunday’ is often replaced with the US version ‘Mother’s Day’.

How to celebrate Mother's Day Today:

Sweet treats and flowers continue to be popular choices as gifts for Mother’s Day, as well as perfume and personalised gifts. But one thing is clear, it has always been the thought that counts. At Lily Blanche, we can help you find the perfect personalised gift for Mother's Day. Whether it is a meaningful piece of jewellery or a locket filled with her special photos, we can help you make her day even more special.

How to say 'Happy Mother's Day' in different languages:

Wherever you will be celebrating, all of the team at Lily Blanche would like to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day! Here is how to say 'Happy Mother's Day' in different countries around the world:

Albania - Gezuar Diten e Nenes
Armenia - Շնորհավոր մայրերի օրը
Austria - Schönen Muttertag
Belgium - Bonne fête des mères!
Brazil - Feliz Dia das Mães
Bulgaria - Честит ден на майката
Germany - Schönen Muttertag
Greece - Χαρούμενη γιορτή της μητέρας
Italy - Buona festa della mamma
Laos - ສຸກສັນວັນແມ່
Moldova - La multi ani de ziua mamei
Russia - С днем матери
Serbia - Срећан осми март
Vietnam - Chúc mừng ngày của mẹ
Turkey - Anneler günün kutlu olsu


Gillian Crawford 28 May 2020 at 21:19
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