Mother’s Day Around The Globe

Even though it seems like Christmas were just recently was here, it’s already almost time for Mother’s Day in America: It will occur on the second Sunday in May. But people in America aren’t the only ones who observe Mother’s Day on that Sunday. Fiji, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Austria, Greece, Grenada, South Africa, Honduras, Curacao, Hong Kong and many others do as well.

That’s undoubtedly why, beginning in March or April, so many Web surfers go out looking for printable vintage Mother’s Day cards, Mothers Day clip art and free printable Mothers Day certificates. Not everyone can afford to buy Mother’s Day presents, so freebies like these are their next best option. (Truthfully, though, using the vintage Mothers Day cards and clip art requires a bit of talent. So those might be a little more difficult to use unless you’re a crafty type person. The free Mothers Day certificates are easy to use though. Just print, sign and give them to Mom.)

May Isn’t the Only Month for Moms

There are also many other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day, just not in May. The following nations around the world also have some type of Mother’s Day festivities:

  • Greece: February 2
  • Norway: The second Sunday in February
  • Isreal: It’s celebrated on Shevat 30, which falls between January 30 and March 1
  • Georgia (the country): Mar. 3
  • Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Laos, The Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia and Serbia: Mar. 8
  • Ireland, Nigeria and the United Kingdom: The fourth Sunday during Lent
  • Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and many Arab League countries: March 21
  • Slovenia: Mar. 25
  • Armenia: April 7
  • Nepal: April 24 (+/- 5 days)
  • Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Macao and Spain: The first Sunday in May
  • El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico: May 10
  • Paraguay: May 15
  • Poland: May 26
  • Bolivia: May 27
  • Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (1st Sunday in June if Pentecost occurs on this day), French Antilles (First Sunday in June if Pentecost falls on this day), Haiti, Mauritius, Sweden, Morocco and Tunisia: Final Sunday in May
  • Nicaragua: May 30
  • Luxembourg: The 2nd Sunday in June
  • Kenya: Final Sunday in June
  • Thailand: August 12
  • Belgium and Costa Rica: Aug. 15
  • India: Aug. 19
  • Malawi: The second Monday in October
  • Belarus: Oct. 14
  • Argentina: 3rd Sunday in Oct.
  • Russia: The final Sunday in Nov.
  • Panama: Dec. 8
  • Indonesia: Dec. 22

There are also different versions of Mother’s Day, called Parents’ Day, which is celebrated on May 8 in Albania and South Korea, and The Mothers and Children’s Day, which is celebrated in Mongolia on June 1.

It’s pretty clear that the urge to honor Mom is a pretty widespread one, given that basically every region on the planet has some form of Mother’s Day celebration. It’s heartwarming to note that even people in lands that may seem adversarial to us have the common bond of paying homage to the women who gave birth to them.