Happy Mother's Day, Mom, We love you, you are the centre of our family and for that, we are grateful.
The celebrations may vary, but the emotion and love that ties families together are the same the world over. Mother's Day, no matter how or when it is celebrated, simply serves as a reminder of all moms do for their families every single day and the honour they deserve because of it.
In the UK, Mother's Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is called Mothering Sunday. Same time Mother's Day is celebrated in Nigeria.
During medieval times, poor families often sent their children off to work as domestic servants or apprentices to rich families. Their rare day off was traditionally granted during the Lenten season, so they could worship the Virgin Mary and visit their home, "mother church" and their families.
The children would often pick flowers to give to their mothers and bake special cakes called Mothering Cakes or Simnel Cakes (the holiday even used to be known as Refreshment Sunday because the strict Lent fasting rules were put aside for the holiday).
Today, Mother's Day in the UK is celebrated in the same way as it is in America, Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries with flowers, cards, gifts and family meals.
In Brazil, Mother's Day is second only to Christmas,
Brazil commemorates this special day on the second Sunday in May with special children's performances and church gatherings, which often ends in large, multi-generational barbecues.
"Muttertag" takes place on the second Sunday in May.
In Germany, the giving of Mother's Day cards is extremely popular. During WWII, Mother's Day traditions took on political significance as the day to acknowledge women for producing children for the Vaterland, or Fatherland. Medals were awarded in gold, silver or bronze, based upon how many children were in the household. After the war, it assumed a softer feel, with the giving of gifts, cards and flowers, as well as festive meals earmarking the day.
In Japan, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is symbolized by beautiful carnations which represent the gentle strength of mothers who are revered in Japanese culture.
Children draw pictures of their mothers in school and sometimes enter them in art contests. Like most other countries, Mother's Day is a day of pampering for moms -- kids help take over the household chores, have a special family meal, like sushi or eggs, and give their mothers red carnations or roses and cards."
Another country which relies heavily on the giving of carnations and other flowers is Australia, where Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Chrysanthemums are also a very popular floral choice because mothers there are called Mum. Aunts and grandmothers are also acknowledged with gifts.
Where Mother's Day is celebrated in some countries on the second Sunday of May with gifts, chocolates and joyous family meals. In Peru, children often give their moms handmade items, which are reciprocated with gifts from them, in turn.
Peru's indigenous Andean population, however, also celebrates the gifts of Mother Earth, or Pachamama, in early August.
Pachamama is an ancient mythological goddess beloved by many indigenous Andean populations. Mythology cites Pachamama as the cause of earthquakes and bringer of fertility. Her special worship day is called Martes de Challa.
Fete des Meres takes place in late May or early June, based upon Pentecost. It didn't become an official day of celebration until 1950 but was originally declared a holiday by Napoleon. On this day, moms relax, relying on their children to cater to their needs and do the chores. Gifts are given and sometimes short, original poems are recited. A large, celebratory meal ends it.
Mother's Day is celebrated at the end of the rainy season, as part of the three-day Antrosht festival, dedicated to moms. When the weather clears up and the skies empty of rain, family members come home to celebrate with a large feast. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, while the sons bring meat of various types, including lamb or bull. These will be included in a traditional hash recipe. Singing and dancing follow and all family members participate in this.
Another country which needs three days to fully acknowledge their mothers and the spirit of family is Serbia, where Mother's Day takes place in December and is part of a series of holidays including Children's Day and Father's Day. All three holidays take place on consecutive Sundays and require lots of rope!
On Children's Day, children are tied up and must agree to behave before they are unbound. On Mother's Day, it is the mom's turn to be tied up, where she will remain until she supplies yummy treats and small gifts to her children. Finally, it is father's turn. The dads are tied up with rope until they give their families Christmas gifts. At that point, everybody feasts.
In culturally diverse India, a westernized version of Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, when Indians reflect upon the importance of mothers in their lives and the sacrifices they have made.
However, Hindus in India celebrate the goddess Durga, or Divine Mother, during a 10-day festival called Durga Puja in October. Durga Puja celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is earmarked by gifts given to friends and family, as well as feasts and celebrations.
In India, the celebrations vary but mothers still get celebrated yearly.