Mother's Day around the world in 2019

Mother's Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Mother's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 28 days in Thailand.
  Dates of Mother's Day around the world
2021VariousFeb 14, Mar 3, Mar 14, May 2, May 9, May 26, May 30, Jun 13, Oct 17, Nov 28, Dec 8
ArgentinaSun, Oct 17Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
Czech RepublicSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, May 30Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, May 30Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaWed, Mar 3National Holiday
GermanySun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, May 2National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Jun 13Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Feb 14Not A Public Holiday
PolandWed, May 26Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
RussiaSun, Nov 28Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, May 30Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
ThailandWed, Dec 8Not A Public Holiday
USASun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, May 9Not A Public Holiday
2020VariousFeb 9, Mar 3, Mar 22, May 3, May 10, May 26, May 31, Jun 7, Jun 14, Aug 12, Oct 18, Nov 29
ArgentinaSun, Oct 18Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
Czech RepublicSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, May 31Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, Jun 7Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaTue, Mar 3National Holiday
GermanySun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
GuernseySun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, May 3Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, May 3National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Jun 14Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Feb 9Not A Public Holiday
PolandTue, May 26Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, May 3Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 3Not A Public Holiday
RussiaSun, Nov 29Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, May 3Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, May 31Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
ThailandWed, Aug 12Not A Public Holiday
USASun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, May 10Not A Public Holiday
2019VariousFeb 10, Mar 3, May 5, May 12, May 26, Jun 9, Aug 12, Oct 20, Nov 24
ArgentinaSun, Oct 20Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
Czech RepublicSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, May 26Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, May 26Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Mar 3National Holiday
GermanySun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, May 5Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, May 5National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Jun 9Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Feb 10Not A Public Holiday
PolandSun, May 26Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, May 5Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 5Not A Public Holiday
RussiaSun, Nov 24Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, May 5Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, May 26Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
ThailandMon, Aug 12Not A Public Holiday
USASun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, May 12Not A Public Holiday
2018VariousFeb 11, Mar 3, May 6, May 13, May 26, May 27, Jun 10, Aug 12, Oct 21, Nov 25
ArgentinaSun, Oct 21Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
BrazilSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
Czech RepublicSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, May 27Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, May 27Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaSat, Mar 3National Holiday
GermanySun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, May 6Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, May 6National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Jun 10Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Feb 11Not A Public Holiday
PolandSat, May 26Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, May 6Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 6Not A Public Holiday
RussiaSun, Nov 25Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, May 6Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, May 27Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
ThailandSun, Aug 12Not A Public Holiday
USASun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
2017VariousFeb 12, Mar 3, May 7, May 14, May 26, May 28, Jun 11, Aug 12, Oct 15, Nov 26
ArgentinaSun, Oct 15Not A Public Holiday
AustraliaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
AustriaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
CanadaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
ChileSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
Czech RepublicSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, May 28Not A Public Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
FinlandSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
FranceSun, May 28Not A Public Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Mar 3National Holiday
GermanySun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
HondurasSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
HungarySun, May 7Not A Public Holiday
IcelandSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
ItalySun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
LatviaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
LithuaniaSun, May 7National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Jun 11Not A Public Holiday
MalaysiaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
MaltaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
New ZealandSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
NorwaySun, Feb 12Not A Public Holiday
PolandFri, May 26Not A Public Holiday
PortugalSun, May 7Not A Public Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 7Not A Public Holiday
RussiaSun, Nov 26Not A Public Holiday
SpainSun, May 7Not A Public Holiday
SwedenSun, May 28Not A Public Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
TaiwanSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
ThailandSat, Aug 12Not A Public Holiday
USASun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
VenezuelaSun, May 14Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Mother's Day is celebrated across the world, in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day
  Which countries observe Mother's Day in 2019?

Not a public holiday, but a legal national holiday observed on the second Sunday in May in the United States.

Mother's Day is celebrated across the world, in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day.

Countries which celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Belgium. In Mexico and may parts of Latin America, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 10th of each year. In Thailand, it is celebrated on August 12th, the birthday of the current Queen.

Mother's Day around the world

Early History

Arguably, the tradition of a day to celebrate mothers can be traced back to the times of the ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honour Rhea, the mother of the gods.

Early Christians celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent as a Mother's festival to honour Mary, the mother of Christ.

In the UK, the tradition of Mother's Day is now very similar to its American counterpart, but its origins are different, as the day commemorates returning to your mother church on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

The English colonists who settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday, as presumably, it would have been a bit of a trip to return to their mother church for the day.

The American tradition

For a holiday, that became popular in fairly recent times, we can still manage to find three originations for the day.

A true American Mother's day was first suggested in the United States by Julia Ward Howe, writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. She suggested that the day be dedicated to peace. Starting in 1872, she organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston every year.

However, some would argue that Mother's day on the current date was almost accidentally set in motion by Mrs Juliet Calhoun Blakely. On Sunday 11 May 1877, Mrs Blakely's birthday, her son who was the pastor of her Church, left the pulpit abruptly. Mrs Blakely then stepped to the pulpit and took over the rest of the service, calling for other mothers to join her.

Mrs. Blakely's two sons felt so moved by their mother's actions that they vowed to return to their hometown of Albion, Michigan., every year to mark their mother's birthday. In addition, the brothers urged others to honour their own mothers on the second Sunday of May.

In terms of the holiday gaining its national status, undoubtedly the main driver was a Philadelphia schoolteacher called Anna M. Jarvis.

In 1907, Miss Anna, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother. Anna's mother, Mrs Anna M. Jarvis, had been instrumental in developing "Mothers Friendship Day" which was set up to assist in the healing process after the Civil War. Miss Jarvis wanted to set aside a day to honour all mothers, living and dead.

Miss Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, evangelists, businessmen, and politicians in their crusade to establish a national Mother's Day.

The first Mother's Day observance was a church service favourite the second anniversary of her mother's death, the second Sunday of May. Anna handed out her mother's favourite flowers, white incarnations.

The following year, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Miss Anna's own city of Philadelphia. By 1911, Mother's Day had spread nationwide and was being celebrated in almost every state in the Union.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honour of mothers.

Over the years, Mother's day became increasingly popular and the current traditions of card and gift giving increased. It is said that the commercialization of the Mother's day angered Anna as she felt that the original sentiment of the day was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.

Mother's Day is now one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. This year, consumers are expected to spend $21.2 billion on Mother's Day, an increase of 5 percent from last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

The Greeting Card Association estimates that more than 150 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged in the U.S. every year, making Mother’s Day the third largest card-sending holiday after Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Did you know?

Three facts about Mother's Day

The busiest phone day of the year is Mother's Day, with over 122.5 million calls in one day.

Julia Ward Howe, suffragette, and writer of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," first suggested Mother's Day in the United States in 1872.

Anna Jarvis, the founder of modern Mother's Day resented commercialization of Mother's Day. Before her death in 1948, she admitted that she regretted ever starting the holiday.

More facts about Mother's Day

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