Discover Mother’s Day gifts and celebrations from around the world. Will you embrace new traditions?
Mother’s Day is a beautiful way to honor our moms, grandmothers and mother figures. In the UK, we celebrate with cards, flower bouquets and – if she’s lucky! – luxury chocolates. But what other Mother’s Day gifts are traditional around the world?
Maybe this year you could take an international approach and incorporate some of these beautiful celebrations from around the world…
When do people celebrate Mother’s Day in different countries?
You may know Mother’s Day as a spring holiday, synonymous with daffodils and sunshine. That’s because in the UK we celebrate the occasion in March – the fourth Sunday of Lent, to be precise. But not all countries respect this date.
In fact, Mother’s Sunday in the UK has quite different roots from Mother’s Day in the United States, and even other Mother’s Day celebrations around the world. Mother’s Sunday dates back to the 16th century, when Christians would go to their local main church or cathedral (known as the “mother” church) to honor Mother Mary. Over time, servants were allowed to take the day off to visit their own mothers. They often took small gifts to show their gratitude to their parents.
Bulgaria also celebrates Mother’s Day in March, pairing it with International Women’s Day on the 8th.
In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a tradition started in 1908 by a woman from West Virginia. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her own deceased mother and asked for the celebration to become a public holiday. President Wilson made it so in 1914.
Several other countries also celebrate Mother’s Day in May, although the date varies. Mexico, for example, famous Mothers’ Day on May 10, when Dzien Matki is the Polish tradition, celebrated on the 26th.
The original celebration of Mother’s Day in Japan was based on Empress Kōjun’s birthday: March 6. However, in 1949 it was changed to coincide with the American holiday on the second Sunday in May. Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Belgium also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.
August to December
Later in the year you will find Mother’s Day in Thailand, which falls on August 12, Queen Sirikit’s birthday. Malawi has a national holiday on October 15, celebrating both Mother’s Day and World Rural Women’s Day.
In Spain, Mother’s Day, which falls on December 8, is closely linked to Mother Mary. Indonesian Mother’s Day also takes place in December – this time on the 22nd.
Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Around the World
In addition to having different dates to honor mother figures, different countries and cultures celebrate with a variety of beautiful Mother’s Day gifts, celebrations, and activities. Here are a few that might inspire you:
Brazil: barbecues and picnics
In Brazil, Dia das Mães is the second biggest celebration after Christmas. It is usually a multi-generational celebration, where mothers, aunts and grandmothers all receive thanks. In addition to presenting the special women in their lives with vibrant flowers, families will come together for delicious barbecues and picnics.
A favorite dessert that features often is Mousse do Maracuja, an irresistibly creamy passion fruit mousse topped with cocoa nibs. Why not try making one for your family this Mother’s Sunday?
Japan: white or red carnations
After World War II, Mother’s Day in Japan developed as a way to comfort mothers who had lost their sons during the war. Carnations are the traditional Mother’s Day gift (Haha No Hi), here representing purity, gentleness and endurance – traits synonymous with motherhood in Japanese culture.
Maybe your mum would appreciate a blooming bouquet of carnations – red or white, you decide!
Ethiopia: 3-Day Antrosht Festival
In Ethiopia, mothers are celebrated at the end of the rainy season in autumn. A 3-day festival, known as Antrosht, begins, celebrating clear skies and mother figures. The family members come together to enjoy a great feast together, and the daughters provide the vegetables, cheese and spices while the sons bring the meat. Alongside the meal, many songs and dances take place.
The occasion of Mother’s Sunday in the UK may only fall on one day, but there’s nothing stopping you from spreading the celebrations over the weekend if you get the chance.
Mexico: Mother’s Day Serenade
Mother’s Day is a big day for restaurants in Mexico! Families will bring their mothers, aunts and grandmothers for a meal. Another tradition is to hire mariachi singers to serenade him with “Las Mañanitas” in the morning.
This traditional holiday song includes the lyrics:
“Wake up, darling, wake up
And see that the day has dawned
Now the little birds are singing
And themthe hour has set.”
United States: flowers, chocolates and cards
In the US, families tend to give Mother’s Day gifts similar to those seen in the UK. Children make or buy cards for their mothers and often buy flowers or chocolates.
If your mom or guardian is a cocoa fan, why not make her day even more special with a box of delicious chocolates like the Happy Mother’s Day Sleekster? With its sunny yellow packaging, it is sure to brighten up your day. Does she enjoy a little drink? The Chocolate & Fizz collection contains a fabulous selection of truffles, slices, chocolate puddles and a mini bottle of boutique prosecco. It’s the perfect way for mom to relax on her special day.
Indonesia: flowers and a day off
Flowers are also a popular Mother’s Day gift in Indonesia. Children will present bouquets next to a greeting card to express their love and gratitude. It’s also a chance for mom to take a break from housework and chores. Why not take inspiration from Indonesia and send your mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers and let her put her feet up? Whether you’re doing the dishes, walking the dog, or tidying up, she’s sure to appreciate the free time on Mother’s Sunday.
New Zealand: Mother’s Day gifts and autumn picnics
In New Zealand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in May. While it may be late spring here, it is autumn for New Zealanders, and families take the opportunity to kiss the beautiful golden leaves as they go for a picnic.
Gifts are also a key part of Mother’s Day in New Zealand, with flowers and chocolates again being a popular choice. Want to bring a kiwi touch to your own Mother’s Day celebrations? Why not prepare a basket and find a nice sunny spot for a picnic? You could make sandwiches, wrap fresh fruit, and include some of mom’s favorite chocolates. A picnic is a great way to spend quality time together, get some fresh air and enjoy delicious treats.
Treat your beloved this Mother’s Day with delicious gifts
Whether you celebrate with a traditional bouquet of flowers or take inspiration from cultures and countries around the world, Mother’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to show your love and appreciation for our mothers, grandmothers and other mother figures. And if you’re looking for a gift that shows your adoration and gratitude, why not browse our collection of delicious Mother’s Day gifts. There is something for every taste !
However you celebrate this year, Happy Mother’s Day!