Mother’s Day Traditions From Around the World

Every year, we set aside a whole day to honour and celebrate the women who raised us, the women who dedicate their lives to their children. It goes without saying that being a mum is one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs out there and not a day goes by where we aren’t grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices that mums across the world make for their families. Sunday the 31st of March is a special chance to say “THANK YOU MUM” and “WE LOVE YOU!”.

In lieu of an overused Mother’s Day expression, like, say, “you’re the best mum in the whole world” (which she is, of course), we’ve listed some Mother’s Day traditions from around the world to give you some inspiration to do something out of the ordinary for your mum this year.


1. Spain

Dia de la Madre

Mother’s Day in Spain is known as el Día de la Madre or Día de las Madres in Spanish and is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. Día de las Madres represents a time to honour mothers and mother figures alike. Many children in Spain choose to spend the days leading up to Mother’s Day making special homemade cards and presents for their mothers.





2. India

Durga Puja

In India, a festival called Durga Puja is celebrated for 10 days during October in honour of the Hindu goddess, known as Divine Mother, who is responsible for the triumph of good over evil. More recently, Indians have adopted the traditional Western-style Mother’s Day holiday celebrated in March.







3. Serbia

Children Tying Mother up on Mother’s Day

Serbians are extraordinarily enthusiastic about celebrating their mothers. Mother’s Day in Serbia, as well as Father’s Day and Children’s Day, is celebrated in December. On this occasion, Serbian children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up in bed! To be freed, she must give them treat them to small gifts and treats in return for being untied.







4. Japan


Mother’s Day in Japan is known as Haha-no-hi, which derives from the Japanese word hahaoya meaning mother. The modern tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day began in Japan in 1913. Flowers are especially popular gifts for this occasion as they are considered a symbol of a mother’s natural sweetness, purity, and endurance. To honour their mothers, children often draw portraits of their mothers and enter them into an annual competition.










5. France

La Fete des Meres – Medals for Mother’s of Lareg Families

La Fete des Meres, meaning Mother’s Day in French, usually takes place on the last Sunday of May, however, it is sometimes moved to the first Sunday of June if Pentecost falls then. The first celebration of Mother’s Day was declared by Napoleon, who believed in rewarding mothers of large families with medals during the First World War. More recently, Fete des Meres are dedicated a whole day to themselves to relax and be spoiled. Children will often do the chores, gift flowers, and write and recite poems devoted to their mothers. A large, celebratory meal ends this relaxing, enjoyable day.






6. Mexico

Dia de las Madres

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is known as Día de las Madres and is celebrated on the 10th of May. To honour mothers across the country, this holiday is filled with special events at schools, churches, and homes. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is a time where sons and daughters come together bearing handmade gifts and flowers to their mums on the eve of Mother’s Day. The day is also celebrated in church with a Mother’s Day Mass and in school presentations.





7. Ethiopia

Antrosht Festival – End of the Rainy Season

Mother’s Day in Ethiopia is celebrated with a three-day Antrosht Festival dedicated to mothers that occurs at the end of the fall rainy season. As the rainy season comes to an end, families come together and enjoy a traditional hash meal. Daughters are traditionally responsible for bringing vegetables, butter, spices, and cheese, while sons provide meat of various types, most commonly lamb or bull. To end off the day, family members sing and dance in celebration of the wonderful women who raised them.






Now you know 7 different Mother’s Day traditions from around the world, why not make your own? Here at Ambiente, we’re all about showing mothers how much we care. Treat your mum to a lovely meal, and we’ll treat her to a glass of cava! To find out more about booking a table for Mother’s Day, click here.