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Mother's Day Top 5 Traditions & Cultures in 2023

๐Ÿ’ Happy Mother's Day, Mothers! ๐Ÿ’

In honor of our mothers, biological or not, this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of May, here in the United States, please honor the ones you call mom and wish them a happy Mother's Day! Maybe even let them know what they have done to impact your life and shape you into who you are now; it's almost guaranteed that would mean the world to them.

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Mother's Day Top 5 Traditions & Cultures

Our Mother's Day special edition blog of 2023 will dive into the Mother's Day top 5 traditions & cultures found around the world. Enjoy the top five most unique Mother's Day customs and the countries they belong to!


#5 Thailand

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Thailand celebrates Mother's Day on August 12th in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother. All mothers are recognized and celebrated on this day with public fireworks displays and candle-lighting ceremonies. These festivities show appreciation and admiration for all the hard work and love of moms throughout Thailand. As a result, Mother's Day in Thailand is an occasion of both national pride and family celebration.


#4 Mexico

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Mother's Day in Mexico is celebrated on May 10th and is one of the biggest and busiest holidays in the country. A unique twist to Mexican tradition is that children will ensure they are home on Mother's Day Eve. On the morning of May 10, a mariachi band often serenades mothers with the song "Las Mananitas." In addition, mothers are given gifts, flowers, and cards throughout the day from their children.

#3 Haiti

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Haitian Mother's Day celebrated on the final Sunday in May, is an extraordinary holiday dedicated to the importance of motherhood and the sacrifices of mothers. Celebrations begin with extended church services with prayers and songs to honor the sacrifices of mothers. Everyone wears a flower to honor their mother - if your mother is alive, you wear a red flower; if she passed away recently, you wear a white one; and if you lost her many years ago, you wear a lavender one. The day is also marked with family gatherings, feasts, and special gifts for mothers. It is a day to recognize the invaluable role of mothers in Haitian culture and thank them for all they do.


#2 Japan

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Mother's Day in Japan is also celebrated on the second Sunday of May. It was once customary for children to express their appreciation for their mothers by giving them a red carnation on this day. In addition, if their mother had passed away, children displayed a white carnation in memory and respect for them. However, red carnations have now become the popular choice.


Other Japanese traditions include home-cooked meals, with families preparing their mother's favorite dishes. Gifting handmade items and presents, and cards is also common. In addition, children will participate in a classroom activity where they draw pictures of their moms. This reflects a tradition that started in the 1950s, where children would enter pictures of their mothers into an art contest every four years for a chance to showcase their work worldwide.

#1 Peru

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In Peru, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second day of May, much like here in the United States, honoring the extraordinary women in their lives. On this day, families gather together to give their mothers flowers, cards, and gifts. To celebrate the ones who have come before them, families will gather in cemeteries to honor and remember those women, including grandmothers, aunts, and mothers who have passed away. They use this time to socialize, eat, and drink before celebrating the departed. They celebrate previous women by cleaning the gravesites and decorating them with balloons, and homemade decorations, including heart-shaped signs and flowers. It is a day for expressing love and appreciation for living and deceased mothers.


5 facts about other countries celebrating Mother's Day

These did not quite make the list of our Mother's Day Top 5 Traditions & Cultures in 2023, but they sure did have some interesting stories to tell of their own. In good spirits not to leave anyone out, here are some fun facts regarding Mother's Day in other countries and its origins!


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United Kingdom

On the 4th Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday, as it is called, originated as a way for Christians to honor the Virgin Mary.

France

Falling on the 4th Sunday of May, it was first popularized by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate mothers of large families


Russia

Held on the last Sunday of November, Russia created the national holiday in 1998 "To consolidate the foundations of the family" and "To maintain the tradition of careful attitude to the woman."


Philippines

Mother's Day is, technically, legally, the first Monday in December; HOWEVER, everyone in the Philippines celebrates Mother's Day on the 2nd Sunday in May, like in the U.S.


Australia

Chrysanthemums are the flower of choice for moms because "mom" is better translated to "mum" in Australia. But yes, carnations are very popular too!


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๐Ÿ’ In Conclusion ๐Ÿ’

I wish all mothers a very happy Mother's Day; I genuinely hope it is an epic day for you! Please ensure you go out and wish the person you call "mom" a happy Mother's Day and brighten her day. I hope you enjoyed the Mother's Day Top 5 Traditions & Cultures of 2023 special post. Stay tuned for our regular blog postings next Monday!


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