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Mother's Day Traditions around the World

MOTHER'S DAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD HISTORY The origin of Mother's Day dates all the way back to the traditions of the ancient Egyptians, who celebrated the Goddess Isis – the mother of the Pharaohs. The Romans and Greeks shared similar traditions, rooted in praise of mother goddesses, but these all but disappeared. Mothering Sunday, dating back to the 1600s in England, was a more recent reincarnation of the holiday; the fourth Sunday of Lent was dedicated to mothers, with a prayer service in their honour and gifts given by children to mothers all across the country. But what about a modern Mother's Day? UNITED KINGDOM 2ND MARCH-3RD APRIL (FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT) Celebrations across the UK stay true to the Christian holiday of Lent, remaining independent of the US-borne holiday in May that has spread worldwide. Harking back to the temporary resurgence of the Mothering Sunday celebration of the 1600-1800s, the day originally celebrated Mother Mary (mother of Jesus Christ). The end of World War II brought the celebration back, and the traditions combined - Simnel Cake (a fruit cake flavoured with almonds) is still baked by some, which once represented a break from the fasting of lent as a treat for mothers on the special day. UNITED STATES 8TH-14TH MAY (THE SECOND SUNDAY) Anna Jarvis petitioned governments, churches and : manner of institution for 6 years (from 1908 - 1914) to create a universal Mother's Day across America, in honour of her mother and the mothers of sons killed in the Civil War. Carnations, given to attendees of the first Mother's Day celebration in a church in West Virginia, are still used today to honour mothers who have passed (white) and to celebrate those still living (pink or red) all around the world. From 1923 until her death in 1948, Anna Jarvis ironically fought hard to stop the celebration she created; she deeply opposed the developing commercial nature of the holiday. JAPAN 5Eth -14 MAY (THE SECOND SUNDAY) After the Second World War, Mother's Day, or 'haha no hi', regained popularity after western traditions had initially been banned. Starting in the 1950s, an art contest was held every four years, with young children entering pictures of their mothers - the winning drawings would tour across Japan and other countries as part of a celebratory exhibit. Japanese mothers today can expect to receive home- cooked dishes, often dishes she initially taught her children to make, along with red carnations and gifts of scarves or handbags. MEXICO MAY 10TH Wonderfully, on the 'Día de las Madres, it is customary for mothers to be serenaded with the song "Las Mañanitas", often with a mariachi band (though more commonly a cappella). The celebration as a whole gained prominence in Mexico when newspaper Excélsior ran a promotional campaign encouraging people nationwide to take Mother's Day under their wing. A modern Mexican Mother's Day sees gifts, celebratory meals and family gatherings celebrate the nation's mothers. THAILAND 12TH AUGUST Mother's Day only came to Thailand in force in the 1980s - bizarrely enough because the Prime Minister wanted to promote the royal family to the people of his country. As a result, the day falls on the birthday of the Queen of Thailand (Queen Sirikit), the 12th August. Father's Day is, as you may predict, on the King's birthday. Public concerts and parades celebrate the day nationwide, alongside traditional personal celebrations between mother and child. FRANCE 25-31 MAY (THE LAST SUNDAY) December 19th was declared 'La Fete de Meres' in 1920, a day that celebrated mothers who had done a stellar job of helping to repopulate France in the wake of World War II. In fact, a mother with four children was awarded a bronze medal, six earned a silver, and eight or more children earned you a gold medal. By 1945, a more traditional Mother's Day celebration had grown popular, and modern gifts across France now include chocolates, flowers, perfumes, and a cake rather sweetly resembling a bouquet of flowers. ARGENTINA 15-21 OCTOBER (THE THIRD SUNDAY) The Argentinian Mother's Day is totally unique in its position throughout the year. It was originally celebrated on the 11th October, alongside the old custom of celebrating the Virgin Mary Festivities - but this was moved to January, and tradition dictated the new October date. In 2014, Argentina got its own Google Doodle - depicting a mother reading to her children - to celebrate Mother's Day, though mums can also expect traditional gifts and a trip to their favourite restaurant or destination. Ogiftcloud WHEN WORDS AREN'T ENOUGH

Mother's Day Traditions around the World

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In 2015, March 15th will be Mother's Day in the UK - but what does the holiday entail for families the world over? Mother's Day has different origins, unique traditions and special meaning in differe...

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