Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on different dates internationally, has a special meaning in cultures and societies and has a history that dates back to ancient Greece.
The Greeks paid homage to Rhea, mother of Zeus (God of the sky and thunder), Poseidon (God of the Sea), and Hades (God of the underworld) during March.
At the beginning of the 17th century in England, it was decided to grant special permission to working mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent to stay at home and celebrate this family day with a special cake, calling it “Sunday to serve the mother.”
Julia Ward Howe, who promoted women’s suffrage in 1870, was the promoter of the Mother’s Day Proclamation by organizing a meeting of mothers dedicated to peace in Boston. In 1907 she wanted to pay tribute to her mother and devoted herself to promoting this celebration as a holiday, whose purpose she achieved in 1914. However, she later mentioned her disagreement when noting the great commercial facet printed on this date, which persists to this day.
Another woman to mention on the occasion of this day is Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, who created the International Mother’s Day Association in 1905. The first Sunday of May is celebrated in several countries, including Spain, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, and Lithuania. The second Sunday of May is celebrated in most countries around the globe, including Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, United States, Estonia, Philippines, Finland, Greece, Holland, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
If you have friends or relatives in other countries, we leave you the dates on which they are celebrated, so that you can send a message, call them or visit them, since they are on fixed dates: May 8: Albania, South Korea, May 10: Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, May 14: Samoa, May 15: Paraguay, May 26: Poland, May 27 May: Bolivia, and May 30: Nicaragua.
However, there are other months where this special day is also celebrated on the second Sunday of February: Norway, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, which is called “Mothering Sunday” in Ireland and the United Kingdom, March 8 (international women’s day): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia, March 21 (Spring Day): Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Syria, August 12: Thailand (on the occasion of the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara), August 15, Assumption Day: Costa Rica, The third Sunday of October: Argentina, December 8, Immaculate Conception Day: Panama (by the original Christian tradition from the time of the Romans ), and December 22: Indonesia.
Regardless of the mothers’ nationality, religion, ideologies, activities, or hobbies, it is a day dedicated to them and the opportunity to thank them for their care, love, and the wonderful gift of giving life.