Mother’s Day gifts around the world

Mother's Day gifts around the world

March 10th, 2021

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Mother’s Day, a day full of love and appreciation. It’s a worldly celebration of our mothers, who are doing a fantastic job raising children with love and care. Even though the name and reason behind it are the same, the way it’s celebrated varies per country. From Mother’s Day gifts to special dishes, traditions are different in every country.

Did you know that Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries? The UK and Ireland are almost ready to spoil their mother, as they celebrate it on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which will be on the 14th of March this year. For many other countries, such as Australia, the US, China, India, and many countries in Europe, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In Spain, they celebrate their mother on the first Sunday of May and France on the last. There are also countries that spend their day pampering their mothers in October and November. Almost every month a country celebrates their mothers. How sweet!

It’s not just the date of Mother’s Day that differs in countries all over the world. The traditions on this day are also different. Some treat their mother with a luxury breakfast in bed and others take them on a day out to the spa or a restaurant. Some spoil them with Mother’s Day gifts, and others go on an unforgettable experience. We love to learn about cultures, and therefore want to share with you the Mother’s Day traditions of several countries. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland

Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) in the UK and Ireland is all about going out for the day. Mothering Day has changed a lot since its origin, as it was created as a religious day. Throughout the years, Mothering Day has shifted to showing appreciation to mothers by spoiling them with lovely written cards and a small gift. Even in the most recent years, new traditions are still being created on Mother’s Day in these countries. A popular way to spend Mothering Sunday these days is to dress up in beautiful outfits and take out mums to luxury restaurants for an extensive brunch or dinner.

What’s a holiday without a food tradition? That’s right, no holiday. The British and Irish treat their mothers to cakes and buns on this day. This all started in the early years of Mother’s Day with simnel cake. This is a fruit cake with almond paste.

Mother’s Day in most of Europe 

Many countries in Europe celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day. Even the traditions are quite similar. It’s mainly celebrated by families with younger children, where the children and father get up early in the morning to prepare a luxurious breakfast in bed. The Mother’s Day gifts are mainly handcrafted and are all about giving an experience. Children spend time at school making beautiful drawings which include sweet messages to thank their mother for all her hard work. They also make gifts such as coupons for small things like “5 hugs throughout the day” and “going for a walk in the park”. Some children even write poems for their mum/mother. In some countries across Europe, like Germany, France, and Spain, a festive meal is also a big part of the day. It’s all about letting mum relax in her chair while the children and dad pamper her with food and hugs. It’s a relaxing day for the family that they mainly spend at home.

Mother’s Day in the US

The country where it all began. Mother’s Day was founded by the American Julia Ward Howe In 1870. Mothers in the US can expect to be overloaded by cards and gifts on Mother’s Day. Most cards will have the sweetest messages written on them. These cards go hand in hand with pretty flowers and gifts such as chocolates, perfumes, and gift vouchers. Some families give their mother a little getaway, such as a spa or a city trip. Many families go out for a nice dinner, while others stay at home and prepare their mother’s favourite meal. Children who are unfortunately not able to see their family on Mother’s Day make sure to take the time for a long phone call to show their gratitude. It’s a day where mums get spoiled as much as possible.

Mother’s Day in Australia

Mother’s Day in Australia is covered in flowers. This is Australia’s most popular gift for Mother’s Day. Carnations and chrysanthemums are the traditional flowers to surprise mothers. These flowers are typically combined with gift vouchers from the children to go do something fun, such as visiting a museum or a getaway. Different from many countries in Europe, where they mainly stay at home to relax, families in Australia like to go out and do an activity, such as visiting the zoo or a botanical garden. Aunts and grandmothers are also spoiled on this day. However, it’s not just about pampering their own families. Many events and activities are held to raise money for women’s charities. How wonderful!

Mother’s Day in Mexico

A big day for the Mexican families! This day takes place on May 10, no matter which day of the week. It’s spent celebrating from the early morning hours until the sun goes down. Food, music, dancing, and drinks are the main themes of a Mexican Mother’s Day. The day starts with a serenade of the song “Las Mañanitas” and fresh flowers. Just like in Australia, flowers are never excluded from the gifts to their mothers. Eating is done mainly out of the house, which makes the restaurants packed with loving families and beautifully dressed-up madres. 

There you have it, some of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts and traditions across the globe. Even though some traditions are different, we all have the same goal: showing gratitude to mothers and making sure that they feel loved and spoiled. How are you going to pamper your mum this year? A nice meal, flowers, or giving her a getaway? There’s no doubt that she will feel like the luckiest Mum in the world.