In case you haven’t heard or it’s slipped your mind, Mother’s Day is this coming
Sunday here in the United States. Translation: you’ve got five days to order
flowers, buy a card or figure out a gift for the mother figure(s) in your life.

However, if you live someplace else in the world, you might have already celebrated your mom this year, or maybe Mother’s Day is still on the horizon. Mom is celebrated in different ways on different dates across the globe.

For instance, if you live in Jordan or Lebanon, you’ve already wished your mom a Happy Mother’s Day. In your countries, Mother’s Day is always observed on March 21, the first day of spring.

Celebrating mum “down under”

In Australia, like in the U.S., Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. More than likely you’re giving your mom a Chrysanthemum this year. That’s because the flower is not only in season now, but the flower’s name ends in “mum” (that’s short for mother “down under”).


Also celebrating mom the second Sunday in May: Brazil, Italy, Canada, South Africa, France,
Greece, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey and Paraguay, to name just a few.

Mothering Day and International Women’s Day

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, there’s a celebration called Mothering Sunday which always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (March 18 in 2012). It started out as a religious holiday when people returned to the church in which they were baptized (their mother church), but nowadays it’s morphed into a day to honor mothers, similar to what we do in the U.S. and other western countries.

Some countries like Bulgaria celebrate motherhood and women twice in one year. Here, Mother’s Day is tied to International Women’s Day on March 8, a holiday that started as a socialist political event in Eastern Europe, Russia and Soviet Block countries, but today ranges from a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to recognition of their economic, political and social achievements. The Bulgarians also take part in a separate holiday related to Family and Maternity called Babinden on January 8. Go mom!

Madre = Mother

If mom is in Argentina, you’ve a got a few months to get your act together – she’s not celebrated until the third Sunday of October here.

In other Spanish-speaking countries, Día de las Madres is celebrated on May 30 in Nicaragua and on May 10 in Mexico. In Portugal, where Portuguese is spoken, Dia da Mãe is held every year on the first Sunday of May.

Flower power and birthdays

Mother´s Day in Sweden is celebrated the last Sunday in May. The reason for the late date: so
everyone can go outside and pick flowers.

In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of the Queen of Thailand, Queen Sirikit (August 12). Similarly, Father’s Day is celebrated on King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, December 5.

Cheers to mom!

To all the moms and mother figures out there from all of us at TripCase, may you be showered
with love on your special day, no matter when or where you celebrate it!