Flowers, Cake and 5 Hour Feasts: How Other Countries Celebrate Mother's Day
In the U.S., the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. Mothers across the country will wake to flowers, breakfast in bed with coffee and some handmade gifts. Those that are truly fortunate, will be able to sleep in!
Did you know, according to the National Retail Federation, 69 percent of people plan to buy flowers for Mother’s Day 2018. According to FTD, the most significant Mother's Day flower in the U.S. is the carnation. Pink carnations represent gratitude and love while red carnations signify admiration. White carnations are traditional flowers to give or wear in remembrance of a mother who is no longer living.
We aren’t the only country in the world that recognizes mom in a special way. Many others around the world hold Mother’s Day celebrations at various times of the year and commemorate the occasion with their own traditions, as well as practices inspired by the U.S. holiday.
According to the Huffington Post, here is how other countries honor mom:
Japan: Mother's Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. The holiday become popular after World War II and mothers are usually given red or pink carnations as a symbol of sweetness and purity.
Great Britain: In the U.K., Mothering Sunday is on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The day has ties to Christianity. One traditional food for the holiday is a light fruitcake made with marzipan called a Simnel cake.
Mexico: Mexico always celebrates Mother's Day on May 10. Lots of cities shut down so people can enjoy brunches and lunches that can last up to five hours.
Sweden: Mother's Day is similar to the U.S. version but it's celebrated the last Sunday in May. Gifts include the typical breakfast in bed and homemade cards. The Swedish Red Cross sells red plastic flowers to collect money for mothers and children in need.
France: The country celebrates Mother's Day the last Sunday in May or the first Sunday in June. The celebrations usually include flowers and flower-shaped cakes.
What Mother’s Day traditions does your family have?