Worldwide Celebration of the International Mother’s Day

As it looks like a universal thing, the International Mother’s Day gets the celebration worldwide. The cultures put this day aside every year so that they can celebrate the motherhood. It’s to the pay a tribute to the miracle of the birth and the wonder woman who does the miracle, your mother. But, the day is not celebrated on the same date all over the world. This is because there are different dates to celebrate the Mother’s Day around the world. Although it has some different date, it usually and widely celebrates on the second Sunday in May every year. This date celebrates in the US, UK and most of the countries of the world.

International Mother’s Day

The History of International Mother’s Day

As everyone has a mother, so this is not surprising of honoring and celebrating the International Mother’s Day all over the world. The occasion of the Mother’s Day reminds us of the personal and social legacies of our mothers and grandmothers pass on. But, mothers have had a key role in building as well as maintaining connections across generations in history. They’re most often the “kin-keepers” in families who take the lead in passing down family stories and life lessons along with traditions even today. Now, let’s know what the history was behind the day.

Some of the peoples think the International Mother’s Day develops as the commercial holiday of either the Hallmark, or some other companies so that they can sell cards, flowers, and candy. Also, some other think the day as solely to celebrate the domestic role of women in the family and home. But, neither of the predictions is correct. The origin of the International Mother’s Day goes back to the era of the Ancient Romans and Greek. Besides, the Mother’s Day root history also traces in the UK where a Mothering Sunday celebrates much before of the festival saw in the US.

A Brief History of the International Mother’s Day

But, we must thank the pioneering women of the time, Julia Ward Howe, and Anna Jarvis that the day came into an existence. The day starts in the 1850s, according to historian Katharine Antolini of West Virginia Wesleyan College, when West Virginia women’s organizer Ann Reeves Jarvis, Anna’s mother who held Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions and try to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination. They also tend to hurt soldiers from both sides during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.

Jarvis and other women organize Mother’s Friendship Day picnics and other events as pacifist strategies to unite former foes in the postwar years. Julia Ward Howe, for one who was best known as the composer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, issued a widely read “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870. She was calling for women to take an active political role in promoting peace.

A celebration of the International Mother’s Day

The International Mother’s Day gets the grand celebration around the World sending flowers from the special range of flowers for delivery on Mother’s Day. So, it’s a question of many as you when the Mother’s Day is. As it’s said the day celebrates all over the world but in the different dates. For example, March 11, Sunday is the Mother’s Day in the UK. But, it celebrates on Sunday of May 13 in the US and most of the countries of the world.

Beside’s the Mothering Sunday is a celebration held to honor mothers along with maternal figures. So, the day evolves into an occasion for kids to honor and give presents to their hardworking mums. It originally links to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day In the UK. Here is the list of the countries and the date they celebrate the Mother’s Day.

International Mother’s Day Worldwide

7 Apr 2018


6 May 2018

Angola, Cape Verde, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique, as well as Romania

8 May 2018

South Korea (Parent’s Day)

10 May 2018

Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala

13 May 2018

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, and Bangladesh.
  • Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, as well as Brazil, Brunei
  • Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Curaasao, as well as Cyprus.
  • Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, and Germany.
  • Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy.
  • Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand.
  • Netherlands, Pakistan, Papa New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Samoa, Sint Maarten, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga.
  • Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, as well as Zimbabwe

14 May 2018


15 May 2018


19 May 2018


22 May 2018


26 May 2018


27 May 2018

Algeria, Bolivia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, France, Madagascar, Haiti, Mauritius, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Sweden, as well as Tunisia

30 May 2018


1 Jun 2018

Mongolia (Mother’s & Children’s Day)

10 Jun 2018


2 Jul 2018

South Sudan

12 Aug 2018

Thailand (coincides with Queen’s birthday)

15 Aug 2018

Costa Rica, Antwerp

8 Oct 2018


14 Oct 2018


21 Oct 2018


3 Nov 2018

Timor Leste

16 Nov 2018

North Korea

26 Nov 2018


8 Dec 2018


22 Dec 2018


Why Does International Mother’s Day Celebrate on different?

Mother’s Day was established in 1914 – thanks to campaigns by the mums’ groups which were established during the Civil War in America. The leader of this movement, Anna Jarvis, campaigned for a May date in memory of her own mum who had died that month. Although President Wilson formalized the date, Anna later became dissatisfied with the commercialization around Mother’s Day. This is because she believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit. As a result, she said: “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Also, many other countries have since adopted America’s date.

Why does the UK Celebrate a Different International Mother’s Day to the US?

The original event is nothing to do with mothers in the International Mother’s Day at all. The day was a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church in the UK. But, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families in the past. These youths would pick wildflowers to place in the church – or give to their mums on their way home. Besides, the US event launches separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.

Why does the date of International Mother’s Day Change Every year?

Because the Mothering Sunday in the US is an annual holiday held on the second Sunday in May, as a result of the date slightly varies every year. The date is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it determines the lunar calendar in the UK. The International Mother’s Day of the UK always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent. It’s the time when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.

Gifts of the International Mother’s Day

In the International Mother’s Day have no fast and hard rules about what to offer your mother on this special day. But, there are a plenty of people kick things off with a nice breakfast in bed. This may just be jam on toast for those with younger kids. Or, even just a mess on a tray – while the oldies may want to whip up some eggs and a freshly squeezed OJ. Besides, a lot of people also opt for a bunch of flowers with tulips being a good value, seasonal choice. So, you must not turn up to your parents’ house in an empty hand that might be better than rocking up with one of these seriously naff gifts though.

Celebrations of the International Mother’s Day

In the UK, children along with the families around the country will mark the Mother’s Day by giving flowers, cards, chocolates and presents to their mothers. Besides, the Mothering Sunday is conventionally a day to say thank you to mothers for everything and they do throughout the rest of the year. So, mothers are treated often to breakfast in bed or cooking dinner, while Christian families attend church on Mother’s Day.

But, other countries of the world celebrate the day with some different manners. These include giving some favorite flowers, cards, chocolates and presents to their mothers. They arrange meeting and rally on the day while celebrating the day worldwide.


These were something about the International Mother’s Day, but it has a wider significance as well. As the day teaches the importance and values of our mothers, it also asks more responsibilities to them. As a result, we can’t ignore our duties to our mothers because they have had a long way of hardship during their motherhood. Although it said we can’t repay owe of a mother, we must try our best so that we can make it at the lowest part.

Educated in English graduation from the National University of Bangladesh. A Professional content writer-cum-virtual assistant at CodeCares.

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