If you are in the United States, Australia and Canada or one of over 80 countries in the world then the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day. So Happy Mother’s Day to all those hard-working women around the world. I really hope you are going to be given lots of treats. For me here in the UK, Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as it used to be known, is long gone as it it celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent – this year on March 6th. This led me to check to see if other countries celebrate Mother’s Day on different days. The answer is ‘yes’ – France’s Mother’s Day is usually on the last Sunday in May, Thailand – the 12th August which is Queen Sirikit’s birthday, many countries tie it in with International Women’s Day in March and for others it’s on the Spring Equinox.
Traditionally, it’s a family get together where Mums get the chance to hand over the cooking to someone else and maybe receive a gift from their children. I always loved the cards which my children made at school with special handwritten messages inside. Although criticised by some as it has become commercialised, I think it is a chance to reflect on what our mums have done for us.
Wherever you are in the world today, may I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.