Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World

On the second Sunday of May, most countries celebrate Mother’s Day. In almost all countries, the tradition is the same, but there are a few countries who do it a little differently.

A Mother’s Day to Remember

We all have different ways of showing our mothers just what they mean to us. To get a glimpse of how Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world, here is a quick overview:

Honouring all Kinds of Mothers [Israel]

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Mother’s Day in Israel is different. They often mark it between January 30 and March 1, depending on the year. This year, it was celebrated last February 15th, next year it will be on February 5.

The holiday itself has a rich history in the country, with the very first one celebrated in 1947 and was headed by the Ezra Society, a women’s health organisation which was led by Sarah Herzog.

Since then, it has been developed into something more than just a day for mothers. In fact, today it is celebrated as Family Day rather than Mother’s Day.

The change was made back in the 1990s. Israel’s Ministry of Education explains that all kinds of families should be celebrated. Whether it’s a family with two mothers, two fathers, or even single-parent households. Everyone’s families should spread love and provide loving homes to their children.

Remembering the Past [Peru]

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Peruvians love to shower their mothers with love and affection on Mother’s Day. Companies invite employees to corporate lunches or dinners dedicated to mothers; schools help student conduct programs to honour their mothers and also encourage children to create handmade crafts which they can then present to their mothers during these events.

What’s more, concerts along with special deals in stores and restaurants. On the day itself, Peruvians celebrate it with cards, flowers and other gifts for their mothers.

However, for families whose mothers have departed, they make it a point to visit their mums in the cemetery. Here, they lay fresh flowers and bring out prepared meals for the whole family to enjoy. This goes to show that not even death can separate a mother from her family on this special day.

A Ceremony [Thailand]

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What better way to show your mums that you love and appreciate them than with a celebration like no other? In Thailand, they do just that. Every Mother’s Day, students, primarily, elementary school children, partake in a ceremony that shows how much they love and respect their mothers. These ceremonies often take place a day or two before the actual day as it is a holiday.

Mother’s Day is on Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12. It is a national holiday, with schools and offices shutting off for the day.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Thailand also have ceremonies in the early mornings where citizens offer food to Thailand’s saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Once the day celebrations have ended, families treat their mothers to a well-deserved meal in restaurants and resorts, where they often offer great deals for Mother’s Day.

With each country’s celebrations, the objective is all the same: show love and appreciation to the women who inspire and mould us into the people we are today.

So, for this Mother’s Day, why not see for yourself just how these countries do their celebrations in person? Take a trip with your mother and leave your car with us here at Alpha Airport Parking. That way, you can drive yourself to the airport and have a ride waiting for you when you get back.


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