Fun Facts – Mother’s Day

About Mother’s Day

  • Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries but it is celebrated in lots of countries around the world.
  • Traditionally, children take their mothers flowers on Mother’s Day.
  • Mother’s Day was a religious celebration and is deeply rooted in Christianity. This is why Mother’s Day dates relate to Lent in the UK and Ireland.
  • Mother’s Day became a commercialised holiday in the 20th century.
  • Mother’s Day is thought to date back to Roman times, when a festival was held to celebrate the mother goddess, Cybele.

Mother’s Day dates around the world:

Year Mother’s Day – USA, Australia, New Zealand(2nd Sunday in May) Mother’s Day – UK & Ireland(4th Sunday of Lent)
2013 12th May 10th March
2014 11th May 30th March
2015 10th May 15th March
2016 8th May 6th March
2017 14th May 26th March
2018 13th May 11th March
2019 12th May 31st March
2020 10th May 22nd March

Did you know…

  • It’s not just children who spoil their mum’s on Mother’s Day, it’s adults who spoil their mums too!
  • Over 150 different countries celebrate Mother’s Day or a similar version and all at very different times of the year. For dates for other countries’ Mother’s Days check out
  • South Korea has a ‘Parent’s Day’ instead of a celebration just for mum’s.

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