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Every year, on the second Sunday in May, people in many nations around the world celebrate Mother’s Day. The day honors the mother, maternal bonds and the role that mothers play in the society. It is the day when people across the globe take the opportunity to make their mother’s feel loved, honored, as well as important. It is the day when children pamper their mothers by giving them gifts, taking them out for lunch, dinner, or to the movies, or just spending the entire day with them.

Though Mother’s Day is a universal festival and is celebrated across the world with great enthusiasm, the date and even months in which it is celebrated vary from country to country. Though a majority of nations celebrate Mother’s Day either in March or May, some nations celebrate it in different months.

In the United States Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May. Here Mother’s Day celebration is a recent phenomenon and dates back to 1908. This Year, the United States will observe Mother’s Day on May 14. Other nations, which celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, India, Japan and many others.

Meanwhile, many nations also celebrate the day on the first Sunday of May. These are Angola, Cape Verde, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. While in South Korea, the day is observed on May 8, in the nations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, the day is observed on May 10.

In the United Kingdom, the day is known as Mothering Sunday and is celebrated in March, i.e. on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Other nations celebrating the Mothering Sunday are Nigeria, Ireland, Isle of Man, etc.

In some nations such as Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Laos, Afghanistan, and some other nations, Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 8, which is the International Women’s Day. In Slovenia Mother’s Day is observed on March 25. Many countries also observe the day on March 21 and a few of these are – Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and a few other nations.

Some countries where Mother’s Day is celebrated in months other than March and May are Norway, where it is observed on the second Sunday of February; Armenia, on April 7; Mongolia, and Luxembourg in June; Thailand on August 12, which is the birthday of Queen Sirikit; Belarus and Argentina in October; North Korea and Russia in November; etc.

To get information on when is Mother’s Day celebrated in each nation refer to the table below.

Gregorian calendar
Occurrence Month Dates Country
Second Sunday of February February Feb 14, 2016 Feb 12, 2017 Feb 11, 2018  Norway
3 March March  Georgia
8 March (with International Women’s Day) March  Afghanistan
Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bulgaria
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Laos
Macedonia
Moldova
Montenegro
Serbia
Slovenia
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday) March 6 Mar 2016
26 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2018
 Guernsey
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jersey
Nigeria
United Kingdom
21 March
(Spring equinox)
March  Bahrain
Comoros
Djibouti
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Libya
Lebanon
Mauritania
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
25 March March  Slovenia
7 April (Annunciation day) April  Armenia(Motherhood and Beauty Day)
First Sunday of May May May 1, 2016
May 7, 2017
May 6, 2018
 Angola
CapeVerde
Hungary
Lithuania
Mozambique
Portugal
Romania
Spain
8 May May  South Korea (Parents’ Day)
10 May May  El Salvador
Guatemala
Mexico
Second Sunday of May May May 8, 2016
May 14, 2017
May 13, 2018
 Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bonaire
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Cambodia
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Ecuador
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Macau
Malaysia
Malta
Myanmar
Namibia
Netherlands
NewZealand
Pakistan
PapuaNewGuinea
Peru[30]
Philippines
PuertoRico
SaintKittsandNevis
SaintLucia
SaintVincentandtheGrenadines
Samoa
Singapore
SintMaarten
Slovakia[29]
SouthAfrica[31]
SriLanka
Suriname
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tanzania
Tonga
TrinidadandTobago
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
UnitedStates
Uruguay
Vietnam[21]
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe
15 May May  Paraguay(samedayasDíadelaPatria)[32]
19 May May  Kyrgyzstan(Russian:Деньматери,Kyrgyz:Энэкүнү)
26 May May  Poland
27 May May  Bolivia
Last Sunday of May (sometimes First Sunday of June if the last Sunday of May is Pentecost) May May 29, 2016
May 28, 2017
May 27, 2018
 Algeria
Dominican Republic
France
French Antilles ( FirstSunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day )
Madagascar
Morocco
Haiti
Mauritius
Senegal
Sweden
Tunisia
30 May May  Nicaragua
1 June June  Mongolia (together with Children’s Day)
Second Sunday of June June Jun 12, 2016
Jun 11, 2017
Jun 10, 2018
 Luxembourg
First Monday of July July Jul 4, 2016
Jul 3, 2017
Jul 2, 2018
 South Sudan
12 August August  Thailand (birthday of Queen Sirikit )
15 August (Assumption of Mary) August  Costa Rica
Antwerp ( Belgium)
Second Monday of October October Oct 10, 2016
Oct 9, 2017
Oct 8, 2018
 Malawi
14 October October  Belarus (since1996)
Third Sunday of October October Oct 16, 2016
Oct 15, 2017
Oct 21, 2018
 Argentina
3 November November  Timor Leste
16 November November  North Korea
Last Sunday of November November  Russia
8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) December  Panama
22 December December  Indonesia
Hebrew calendars
Occurrence   Equivalent Gregorian dates Country
Shevat 30 Between 30 January and 1 March- Family Day  Israel
22 May Mother’s Day – new  Israel
Hindu calendars
Occurrence   Equivalent Gregorian dates Country
Baisakh Amavasya (Mata Tirtha Aunsi) Between 19 April and 19 May    Nepal
Islamic calendars
Occurrence   Equivalent Gregorian dates Country
20 Jumada al-Thani 20 April 2014
10 April 2015
30 March 2016
 Iran

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