Rola is here to help you make your mothers feel special on this important day by teaching you how to express your love in five different languages! Read on for different ways to say “Happy Mother’s Day” and information about how different countries celebrate.
Mother's Day In India
Maatr divas ke subhakamana!
Mother’s Day has not been a traditional holiday in India but it's slowly catching on. It's celebrated on the second Sunday in May, and it's a time to say thank you to moms and make them feel important. Just as in the West, Indians take Mother’s Day as a time to reflect on the importance of mothers in their life. They take time to think about all the pains their mother took while they were sick, the hardships she went through in bringing them up and all the sacrifices she made so that they lead a better life. Mother's Day is the time to say a big thank you to mothers for all of this and for being a constant guiding force in our lives. In India, as in the U.S., kids and young adults send cards to their mamas on Mother’s Day. Check out this 3-D pop-up card for your mom!
Mother's Day in Mexico
¡Felíz Día de la Madre!
Mother’s Day celebration in Mexico takes place on May 10th and the day is special for the people of Mexico. It is always on May 10th and doesn’t move to be on a Sunday. The day is celebrated with gusto as churches in Mexico organize special masses. A high point of the event is the music and the distribution of 'tamales' and 'atole,' the traditional early-morning meal to local mothers. It is also a big day for restaurants as the whole country more or less comes to a stop in the afternoon while children take their moms out to lunch.
In Mexico, they start their celebrations the night before Mother’s Day with a visit to mom or grandmother, followed the next day with a special church service and the singing of the traditional song, “Las Mañanitas” (say "las ma-nya-nee-tas"), a popular birthday song. Get a recording of “Las Mañanitas” for your mamá here.
Mother's Day in France
Bonne Fête des Mères!
In 1950, France legally designated the last Sunday in May as the day for honoring mothers. It usually is a family affair and mothers around the country are honored with poems, gifts, cards, dinners and various ways of celebration. Kids write captivating stories for their mothers, poems and give them cards and flowers on Mother's day. Also, Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated by presenting mothers with gifts and special cakes, often in the shape of flowers. Bake your mother or grandmother a traditional French cake with this recipe book!
Mother’s Day Celebration in Japan
Haha-no hi omedetou!
This day is celebrated with great fervor and zest in Japan. Kids wish their mothers by saying “haha-no-hi” which is derived from the word “hahaoya” which means mother in Japanese. Similar to other parts of the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. It is believed that during World War II when there was complete prohibition on Western customs in Japan, Mother’s Day celebrations came to a complete halt, and it was only after the war that the custom of celebrating Mother’s Day was restored.
On Mother’s Day in Japan, some children draw pictures of their mothers and enter them in an art contest. The winning pictures are shown at art shows across the country. Children hand draw cute pictures representing their mother’s love. An art set like this can be a great gift to the child in your life, and they, in turn, can use the supplies to make Mother’s Day art gifts! In addition to celebrating the day with gifts and flowers, the people of Japan also have special recipes which they prepare. People relish simple and popular dishes like sushi on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day In Albania
Albania is a small country in southwest Europe which celebrates Mother’s Day on the 8th of March together with International Women’s Day. What makes this date special is that since Teacher’s Day is on the 7th of March, the three holidays are celebrated together in one big occasion. Children and young adults dress up nicely, prepare bouquets of flowers at home as well as buy in store, write personal cards for their mothers and teachers full of drawings and sparkles before delivering them. There is a special flower that is given in this celebration called “Mimosa,” which only blossoms in March, and, yes, inspired the name for everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail. Grow your own Mimosa flowers with a seed kit!
Mother’s Day Celebration in the US
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is celebrated in the USA in a big way. Phone lines record heavy traffic and card sales reach their peak. Restaurants are filled to their maximum capacity and $2.4 billion is spent on flowers on what has been called the “Super Bowl for florists.”
At home, children express love for their mother by treating their moms with breakfast in bed (here’s our pick for a cozy tray!) or by making a sumptuous lunch. Commonly gifted flowers include carnations as these are sometimes considered the traditional flower of Mother's Day. Some children also make cards and gifts at home to show their gratitude for their mother.
Rola Languages offers onsite and online language classes (to customers all over the world). Buy your mom the gift of language classes with a gift certificate for a group class or private tutoring from the Rola shop here.
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