This Sunday we will come together and honour motherhood! Mother’s day is celebrated in many forms and on different dates throughout the world. Here is a bit of background on the many ways this holiday is celebrated;

Canadians and American’s will be celebrating Mother’s day 2018 on May 13th. Meanwhile in the UK mother’s day was celebrated on the March 11th. Historically in the UK, young workers would pick flowers along their walk home from work or even prepare food to bring for their families on ‘Mothering Sunday’, which takes place one the fourth Sunday of Lent.

In Ethiopia Mother’s day is celebrated with three days of festivities. They call this tradition Antrosht – which is also symbolic of the end of the rainy season, which takes place sometime in the fall. Dancing, singing and feasting are all traditional customs of Antrosht.

In Mexico Mother’s day takes place on May 10th. Mothers in Mexico are taken out to restaurants while being serenaded by mariachi bands with renditions of “Las Mananitas”. According to Mexico’s national association of restaurateurs, Mother’s day is by far the busiest and ‘most important’ day for restaurants.

Mother’s day in Thailand is celebrated on August 12th. This is actually the birthday of the queen consort of King Bhumibol Adulyadej – the adored monarch Queen Sirikit. Jasmine is the gift of choice in Thailand for Mother’s day.

In 1950’s France, ‘Fête des Mères’  became established as the holiday for Mothers which takes place on the last Sunday of May. The french also traditionally celebrate symbolically with flowers, in bouquets and flower shaped desserts.

Ancient Egypt revered motherhood and celebrated in the wake of the goddess Isis, who represented the ideal mother and wife. The modern version of the holiday was campaigned by a journalist – Mustafa Amin – to make it official in Egypt. The first official Mother’s Day was commemorated in Egypt on March 21, 1956.

Japan celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. The holiday was not popular until after WWII, as most Western practices were banned at the time. The typical gift on Mother’s Day in Japan are red carnations.

 

However you and the mothers in your life decide to celebrate, we at Little Redstone would like to wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day!