Mother's Day Traditions Around the World
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The first official Mother’s Day in the U.S. took place in May 1908, when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a celebration in honor of her late mother’s life. In the following years, as similar celebrations began to gain popularity in many states, Jarvis advocated for a national holiday honoring motherhood. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson honored her request by declaring that the second Sunday of May would officially be known as Mother’s Day. It soon became customary for maternal figures in the U.S. to be showered with flowers, greeting cards, and gifts to mark the occasion.
While traditional celebrations honoring motherhood date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, in the 20th century, many countries around the world followed America’s lead and established an official Mother’s Day holiday. However, the origins of each holiday, the date it is celebrated, and the ways in which mothers are honored differ around the globe. Here are some of the most unique Mother’s Day traditions in other countries.