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There is a palpable difference between cultures across the world. Sartorial tastes, food habits, festivals, religion everything differs culturally. Despite such differences, the love that mother showers on her child and the reverence that she commands from them is a common strand across cultures. This is aptly reflected in Mother’s Day celebrations around the globe.
Mother’s Day – a day dedicated to express gratitude to mothers – is observed in various cultures around the world. Needless to say, mothers are loved, respected and appreciated timelessly. However, earmarking a day dedicated to them is comparatively a recent phenomenon, dating back to the 17th century when the practice began in Britain. Presently, Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries, albeit on different days.
Mother’s Day Traditions Around the Globe
Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. Every year, the month of lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. The tradition here is to make a rich almond cake for mothers called ‘Mothering Cake’ or ‘Simnel Cake’ on this day.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in a pretty big way and is a national holiday in the USA. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. Mother’s day is the next big festival here after Christmas and Valentines Day! Phone calls to loving mothers’ soar up, greeting cards sales peak and restaurants are filled with happy celebrations.
Mother’s Day is observed on the same day as it is in the USA. If you happen to be in Australia on Mother’s Day– you would be amazed to see many people wearing carnation. A coloured carnation signifies that a person’s mother is living, while a white carnation is a tribute to a deceased mother.
The French celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in the month of May. Usually, a family dinner takes place and the mother is gifted a cake that resembles a bouquet.
Mexico celebrates Mother’s Day on a fixed date i.e., May 10. Children are required to be present in the house a day before. Mother’s day is a colourful affair there. A special mass is organised in churches. An orchestra plays ‘las mañanitas’ (traditional birthday song) and ‘tamales’ (Mexican delicacy) and ‘atole’ (beverage) is distributed to all local mothers.
Mother’s day is a religious affair in this country. People not only offer homage to their own mothers, but also to the Virgin Mary. It is celebrated on the 8th of December.
Mother’s Day is relatively a new phenomenon that started almost a decade back. A foreign festival finding its place in a culturally diverse place like India shows, both, India’s receptivity to westernisation and also its deep-rooted tradition of mother veneration. Children usually celebrate the day by gifting something to their mothers, be it flowers, cards, or any other token of appreciation. The essence lies in making the mom feel special.
Mother’s Day celebrations around the world is symbolic in nature and is merely a way of expressing our love for the darling mothers. You can also take inspiration from the different cultures and celebrate this day in a unique way.