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Honoring Mothers Around The World
Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May in the United States.
Sometimes Mother's Day is confused with Mothering Sunday, an English holiday that falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. But Mother's Day is now observed in England as well, and the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday have been largely forgotten.
In Mexico and South America, Mother's Day is always celebrated on May 10. Mother's Day is the largest card-sending occasion for Hispanics.
There is no fixed date for "Antrosht" or Mother's Day in Ethiopia because it occurs whenever the rainy season ends (October-November). Girls and boys come from all over to visit their parents, bringing the necessary ingredients for a meat hash, which their mothers prepare. The mother and girls anoint themselves with butter, and songs celebrating family and tribal heroes are sung. The entire festival lasts two to three days.
Children's Day in Yugoslavia (December – three days before Christmas):
On a Sunday in early December known as Dechiyi Dan or Children's Day, parents in Yugoslavia tie up their children and refuse to release them until they are good. On the following Sunday, known as "Materitse," "Materice," or Mother's Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them with sweets or other goodies. On the third Sunday known as "Ochichi," "Ocevi," or Father's Day, the children try to tie their father to a bed or chair. To be released, the father must promise coats, shoes or other more expensive items. These promises usually appear a short time later as Christmas gifts.
Countries that celebrate Mother's Day
on the second Sunday in May:
Countries that celebrate Mother's Day on May 10:
United Arab Emirates
Argentina – Second Sunday in October
France – Last Sunday in May
Lebanon – First day of Spring
Norway – Second Sunday in February
South Africa – First Sunday in May
Sweden – Last Sunday in May
Yugoslavia, specifically the Serbians – Two weeks before Christmas
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