Happy Mother’s Day
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Susan Smith Kline
Mother’s Day in the United States is usually celebrated with gifts, brunch, and flowers though it started as a political statement. Mothering Day in Ireland and the UK is celebrated much the same though their origins are based on religion and the holiday coincides with the last Sunday in Lent.
In Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, Mother’s Day falls on the first day of spring, March 21, and its history is based on efforts made in the 1950s by an Egyptian journalist to designate a day in appreciation of mothers.
In Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10th.
Many countries, like the United States, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May (May 14th this year) including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, most of Europe, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and many others.
In Algeria, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Sweden, and Tunisia, Mother’s Day falls on the last Sunday in May.
Panama celebrates Mother’s Day on December 8. It’s a day when people show just how much they love their mothers as well as other people who they consider mother figures and it coincides with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
More calls are made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. Reportedly there are approximately 122 million calls made on the second Sunday of May every year. And there are approximately 152 million Mother’s Day cards sent out to Mom.
If you are fortunate to still have your Mom, Mother’s Day is the perfect day to let her know how much she means to you.