Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day started as a spring celebration in ancient Greece to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Deities.

    In the 1600s Christians in England celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of Mary. This day was expanded to honor all mothers.

    In 1870 Julia Ward Howe started the American Mother’s Day on June 2 to encourage peace, a reaction to the horrors of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War.

    As the result of work by Anna Jarvis, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared in 1914 that Mother’s Day would be celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Second Sunday in FebruaryNorway
Shevat 30 (falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1)Israel
March 3Georgia
March 8Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Laos, Macedonia*, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia**, Ukraine South Korea. *In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, Russia, and Ukraine it is observed as International Women’s Day, not specifically Mothers’ day.
Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday - March 2 in 2008)Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom
March 21 (vernal equinox)Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (All Arab countries in general)
March 25Slovenia
April 7Armenia
Baisakh Amavasya (Mata Tirtha Aunsi)Nepal
First Sunday in MayHungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain
May 8Albania (Parents’ Day), South Korea (Parents’ Day)
May 10El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
Second Sunday in May - (May 11 in 2008; May 10 in 2009, May 9 in 2010)Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
May 15Paraguay
May 26Poland
May 27Bolivia
last Sunday in MayAlgeria, Dominican Republic, France (except if it coincides with Pentecost day, in which case Mother’s Day will be shifted to the first Sunday of June), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia
May 30Nicaragua
June 1Mongolia (The Mothers and Children’s Day. Mongolia is the only country that celebrates Mother’s day twice a year.)
2nd Sunday of JuneLuxembourg
Last Sunday of JuneKenya
August 12Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)
August 15(Assumption Day) Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica
Second Monday in OctoberMalawi
October 14Belarus
Third Sunday in OctoberArgentina (Día de la Madre)
Last Sunday of NovembeRussia
December 8Panama
16 December, Iranian calendar: 25 Azar(Mother And Child Foundation) Iran
December 22Indonesia

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