If you want to give an original gift to your mum this year, why not look into different cultures?

People all over the world celebrate Mother’s Day in very different ways

Initially published on WalesOnline.

If you want to give an original gift to your mum this year, why not look into different cultures?

When you think of Mother’s Day, you often think about breakfast in bed and homemade gifts; doing something nice for your mum to show you love and appreciate her for everything she does.

But where did the tradition originate from and how do other countries celebrate?

Hillarys have dug deep into the history of this day, and the variety of customs and traditions to honour mothers.

What’s the history behind Mother’s Day?

In the UK, Mother’s Day was originally known as ‘Mothering Sunday’.

Workers and poorer families were given one day off in the year to visit their hometown church in the run-up to Easter.


The church service celebrated motherhood and the birth of children.

The commercialised Mother’s Day we recognise today actually began in the United States.

In 1908, social activist Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother in West Virginia.

She campaigned for Mother’s Day to be added in the calendar.

In 1914, the President at the time, Woodrow Wilson, signed a proclamation stating that every second Sunday in May will be henceforth known as Mother’s Day.

By the 1920s, Hallmark had begun selling cards, and the day’s popularity grew.

Why is it celebrated on different days around the world?

Mother’s Day doesn’t have any specific set date worldwide.

Here are some of the most original customs and traditions.


In India, there is a 10-day festival in October celebrating the Goddess of mothers, Durga.

The celebration is thought to date back to the 16th century and is a time for families to observe Hindu customs.

People spend weeks decorating their homes in preparation for the festival and share food and gifts with their mums.


Nepalese Mother’s Day is celebrated on Baishak Krishna Ausi, a date changing year to year according to the Lunar calendar.

Mothers on this day are given sweets and many people take spiritual baths in the pond of Matatirtha in Kathmandu.


People in Ethiopia celebrate Mother’s Day for three days.

The festival is known as ‘Antrosht’ and coincides with the end of the rainy season.

Feasting, dancing and singing are observed well into the night.


In Brazil, Mother’s Day is the country’s second most-celebrated holiday and is commemorated on the second Sunday of May.

It is known as Dia das Mães. Children will perform acts for their mothers in special productions, while huge meals are prepared for all the members of the family.


In Japan, Mother’s Day is called ‘Haha no Hi’ and is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

Many children will give their mother red carnations and cook traditional meals that their mother had taught them.

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