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Mother’s Day Around the World

08 April 2014
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"Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all”

There are many different types of mother roles you can be; stay-at-home mom, working mom, step-mom, grandmother and even a guardian. No matter which mother role you own, there’s no doubt that it is of utmost importance in a child’s life. The best part about that is that as they get older, they realise just how important and meaningful it is to have any of these mother figures in their lives.

A mother is one of the two most important roles in existence (the other being a father), which is why it’s celebrated in many countries all over the world. Let’s take a look at how some countries celebrate Mother’s Day a bit differently to us.


Many countries tend to celebrate Mother’s Day, or Dia de las Madres, on the second Sunday of May. Mexico on the other hand, celebrates it every year on 10 May – no matter which day of the week the date falls on. This day is a huge celebration for the Mexicans. The main tradition is for the family to visit the mother the night before and make their way down to the local church. The churches in Mexico hold masses and hand out tamales (a traditional Mexican breakfast) at end for the mothers.


There are many similarities between Australia, America and us in South Africa when it comes to honouring our mothers on this day. Like us, it’s also celebrated on the second Sunday of May; and it involves giving gifts to our moms and spoiling them rotten for the day – maybe even taking them out for some pampering! In Australia, they take part in a lovely and symbolic tradition by wearing a carnation around your neck for the day. They wear colour carnations to honour their mothers if they’re alive; and white carnations to honour their mothers if they have passed away. This is truly a beautiful gesture.


Ireland has quite an interesting history for this day. They don’t have Mother’s Day in May. Instead, they have it on what is called "Mothering Sunday” – the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. The reason for this dates way back to the medieval days, when poor children were servants. They were given one day off to go to church and honour their mother Mary (the mother of Jesus). Thereafter, they were allowed to visit and take flowers to their own moms. The history stuck – flowers are still the gift of choice when it comes to the Irish spoiling their beloved mothers.


Yugoslavia definitely has a very different approach to celebrating Mother’s Day. Different, but rather interesting and maybe even a bit amusing! About a week before their Mother’s Day is Children’s Day; where the parents take part in a custom of tying their kids up until they promise to be good. As if that isn’t weird enough, the ritual is reversed a week later on Mother’s Day! In the early morning, kids sneak into their mom’s rooms and tie them up. When the mom wakes up, she promises to give them presents if they let her go. Once she’s let go, she goes around the house to all the hiding spots to retrieve the gifts she has hidden. Very strange indeed…


Celebrating Mother’s Day the way we know it is still sort of new to India. For the past 10 years, they have taken to some Western cultures when it comes to this day and some may give gratitude to and pamper their mothers. However, it’s the big festival in October every year that’s important to them. This 10 day festival celebrates Durga Puja – one of their goddesses in their Hindu religion, who is also known as the universal mother.

In the end, no matter where you are in the world, mothers are loved and their role in their children’s lives and in society is recognised and honoured in some way. Why not show your appreciation this Mother’s Day by treating her to some of our top quality products? We have beautiful kitchen, laundry and décor products that are bound to be great gifts for your mom!

What are you doing for Mother’s Day this year? Are you pampering your own mother for the day, or are you the mom who is being spoilt? We would love to know, so drop us a line on our Facebook page!

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