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I Answered My Own Mother’s Day Question


If I had done a quick search before asking if other places celebrated Mother’s Day like we do in the U.S. (American provincialism strikes again!!), I would have found that it is celebrated…

Second Sunday in February —Norway

February 2 Greece. Corresponds to the Eastern Orthodox feast day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Since the Theotokos (The Mother of God) appears prominently in this feast as the one who brought Christ to the Temple at Jerusalem, this feast is associated with mothers. However, today many Greeks are beginning to observe Mother’s Day as rendered by the West.

Shevat 30 (falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1) –Israel

March 3Georgia

March 8Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Laos, Macedonia*, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia**, Ukraine, South Korea, and Vietnam. *In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, Russia, and Ukraine it is observed as International Women’s Day, not specifically Mothers’ day.

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering SundayMarch 2 in 2008)
Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom

March 21 (vernal equinox)Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (All Arab countries in general)

March 25Slovenia

April 7Armenia

April 2 (Chinese calendar)*-China

Baisakh Amavasya (Mata Tirtha Aunsi) –Nepal

First Sunday in May –Hungary, Lithuania*, Portugal, Spain

May 8Albania (Parents’ Day), South Korea (Parents’ Day).

May 10El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

Second Sunday in May – (May 11 in 2008) –Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia*, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

May 15Paraguay

May 26Poland

May 27Bolivia

last Sunday in May –Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (except if it coincides with Pentecost day, in which case Mother’s Day will be shifted to the first Sunday of June), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia.

May 30Nicaragua

June 1Mongolia (The Mothers and Children’s Day. Mongolia is the only country that celebrates Mother’s day twice a year.)

2nd Sunday of June –Luxembourg

Last Sunday of June –Kenya

August 12Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)

August 15 (Assumption Day) –Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica

Second Monday in October –Malawi

October 14Belarus

Third Sunday in October –Argentina (Día de la Madre)

Last Sunday of November –Russia

December 8Panama

16 December, Iranian calendar: 25 Azar (Mother And Child Foundation) –Iran

December 22Indonesia

(Thanks Wikipedia!)


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