This year we celebrate mothers all over the world again. On the second Sunday in May we can show them that we think of them and really spoil them. On this occasion, a lot of flowers and chocolates are given as gifts and of course photos are taken. Reason enough for us to think about the background of this holiday.
How mothers around the world are celebrated
Today, Mother’s Day has become a tradition for us. But what about other countries? Is the day also celebrated there, when does it take place and since when has it existed at all?
Mother’s Day in the USA
Mother’s Day originated in the United States in 1914 and is considered the origin of the holiday as we know it today. The Methodist Anna Marie Jarvis wanted to commemorate her dead mother on May 12, 1907, the second May Sunday of the year, and hosted a Memorial Mothers Day Meeting in West Virginia. In the following year this was celebrated again and met with great approval. This prompted Jarvis to establish Mother’s Day as an official holiday in the USA. In 1909 this day was already celebrated in 45 US states, in 1914 Congress passed an official law: Every year on the second Sunday of May the mothers are to be honoured. A new national holiday was born.
In the course of the commercialisation of this day, the founder Anna Marie Jarvis distanced herself from it. She fought unsuccessfully against the abolition of Mother’s Day and regretted having brought it to life.
In the USA, Mother’s Day is the most lucrative holiday after Christmas. With about 172 US dollars spent per mother, the USA is the financial leader.
Mother’s Day in Switzerland
In this country, Mother’s Day was officially established in 1917 by the Salvation Army. As early as 1914 the Cevi tried to establish Mother’s Day in the style of the Anglo-Saxon region, but was unable to achieve any success, especially in German-speaking Switzerland. Until the 1920s, the holiday was limited to small circles, until florists, master confectioners and others began to commit themselves to Mother’s Day. Its breakthrough in Switzerland, however, did not come until 1930, when it was propagated through the press, leaflets, radio and shop windows. Ever since, it has been celebrated here on the second Sunday of May. Today we celebrate it by bringing our mothers breakfast in bed, giving flowers or tinkering with little things.
Mother’s Day in Italy
In Italy, the “Festa della Mamma” is also celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Here, however, they receive gifts that go beyond flowers and delicacies, such as jewellery. Nevertheless, they are still very popular, which is why the holiday has already been renamed “Festa die Fioristi e die Pasticceri” (Feast of floriests and confectioners) by the locals.
Mother’s Day in Japan
The Japanese follow the American version and therefore celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mothers also receive flowers in Japan on this day, but care is taken to ensure that they are not white – in Asia, these are mainly used for funerals. Especially lucky mothers are given a massage or their house cleaning is taken over.
Mother’s Day in Russia
In Russia there is no Mother’s Day per se, neither in May nor on any other day of the year. Here, all women are celebrated equally on 8 March, International Women’s Day. No matter if mother, daughter, grandmother, sister or aunt: On this day, they are all honoured.
So what do you get as a gift?
As you may have noticed, Mother’s Day is the same as other holidays or customs: different countries, different customs. It is a fact, however, that mothers in almost all countries are especially honoured and cared for on one particular day of the year.
If you don’t have any ideas, why not give her a gift with an individual touch or cook a great menu for her? The opportunity to take new family photos is also good – whether it’s individual portraits of the children or the whole family. You will find tips for perfect photographs here – for example for successful portrait photos. A personalised photo book is a beautiful and somewhat more elaborate gift. There are countless other ideas that you can use to give your mother a treat on 8 May. But the most important thing is to just say thank you. And not only on Mother’s Day.