Mother's Day Traditions and Customs Around the World

Mothers are undoubtedly one of the most influential people in our lives. It is no surprise that many countries around the world have set aside a special day to honor and celebrate mothers for their unwavering love and sacrifice.

In North American, Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May. Children express their love and gratitude by giving mothers gifts, cards and flowers and taking them out for special meal. Here are ten different countries that also celebrate mothers and how they do it.

In the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which falls in March or April. This day is also known as Mothering Sunday, and it is a day when children give their mothers flowers, cards, and gifts. In some parts of the country, children also bake special cakes for their mothers.

The United Kingdom

Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10th every year. Children give their mothers flowers, chocolates, and other gifts to show their love and appreciation. Many families also gather together to enjoy a special meal, and children often perform songs or dances for their mothers.


In Japan, Mother’s Day is called Haha no Hi. It is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, just like in the United States. However, the tradition in Japan is to give carnations to mothers. The color of the carnation holds meaning, with pink representing gratitude, red representing love, and white representing purity.


In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is a three-day celebration that takes place the second Sunday in May. This day is called Antrosht, meaning the festival of mothers, which is a celebration of motherhood and the end of the rainy season. Families come together to enjoy a large feast that typically includes hash, lamb, or bull and vegetables and a special punch to drink.



In Thailand, Mother’s Day (Wan Mae) is celebrated on August 12th, which is the birthday of Queen Sirikit, the mother of the current king. Children give their mothers a garland of jasmine flowers, which are a symbol of love and respect. Many families also spend the day together, enjoying quality time with their moms.