Mother's Day – worldwide dates, wordings, poems and Mother's Day wishes in 28 languages, plus ideas for gifts. Click on the headlines that interest you and find out more about mothers and what they wish for their children and grandchildren, Mother's Day in other countries and how to organise the perfect Mother's Day. Enjoy reading!
More than 100 years of Mother's Day in Switzerland
In Switzerland, Mother's Day is more than 100 years old, but Fleurop is "only" 90. That's a direct contradiction of the rumours that Fleurop introduced the idea of giving flowers on Mother's Day. The truth is that the founder of Mother's Day herself, Anna Marie Jarvis, was the first person to give flowers on Mother's Day. When she arranged a memorial service two years after the death of her mother, she handed out 500 white carnations to other mothers because they had been her mother's favourite flowers. She later did everything in her power to introduce Mother's Day as an official holiday. Her late mother had put in a plea for the same thing, but in vain. However, her daughter Anna Marie was successful. In 1914, Congress declared Mother's Day an official holiday. That same year, it arrived in the UK, where the Salvation Army played a key role in helping to popularise it and in taking it to continental Europe. Switzerland has celebrated Mother's Day since 1917. Ever since then, thousands and thousands of children and adults have surprised their mothers on the second Sunday in May: with a loving gift of flowers and a thank you that comes from the heart.
You'll also find surprises from the heart HERE.
Love, happiness, success: what are mothers' wishes for their children and grandchildren?
You'll find wordings and poems for your Mother's Day message HERE.
For the nicest Mother's Day wishes in the form of flowers, go HERE.
Original quotes: our mothers' wishes
"What wishes did our mothers have for us?" The many responses we received reveal a lot about our mothers and their feelings for us. Here are some direct quotes from the answers:
"My mother wishes for me to be able to fulfil my dream of emigrating".
"Not to give up despite my many illnesses…"
"To find happiness again with my new partner after a failed marriage".
"Never to lose my inner child and my cheery, open nature".
"To be able to fulfil my dream of becoming a doctor".
"To stay healthy and always do things that are really good for me".
And finally: "She wished that I would become an independent, modern, strong woman who wouldn't allow myself to become a man's chattel. She always tried to give me everything so that I would succeed in that". These are beautiful, strong and loving answers, aren't they?
You'll find surprises from the heart for the best of all mums HERE.
Original quotes: the wishes people have for children and grandchildren
"I wish for my children to find happiness and that I will always understand them, whatever they do and whoever they spend their lives with, and that I will be there for them for a long time to come and can help them if they need it".
"To find friends they can rely on and a sound profession so that they can fulfil their personal wishes".
"To go their own way, even if it isn't what we parents "wanted" for them".
"To fulfil their dreams and be able to live in a world free from violence".
And finally, a wish from a woman with no children: "I've no children of my own, but I wish for every child on earth that he or she can go to sleep every night with a smile and wake up happy every morning, and can enjoy the miracles of life in all the time in between".
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What flowers are right for which mum?
A mother isn't just a mother. And a bouquet isn't just a bouquet. Or do you see no difference between your mum and other mothers? You've got it! And that's why you can't go wrong by choosing flowers and colours to match your mum's character. Here are some tips.
- Optimistic mothers with a positive attitude to life are likely to love a bouquet that's as golden as sunshine. Because yellow flowers radiate joie-de-vivre and mean power.
- Natural mums generally like things that are in season. As mothers of this type are also normally communicative, flowers in orange, apricot and salmon pink shades are a wonderful fit.
For well-organised, disciplined mothers, you can't go wrong with white "solitaires". These include orchids, callas and lilies.
Sociable, generous mums are well matched with large-blooms such as peonies or bouquets with a lot of flowers of the same type (e.g. a bouquet of roses or lilies).
Freedom-loving mums are likely to have a soft spot for exotic blooms such as bird- of-paradise flowers or bold combinations such as pink and orange.
For gentle, romantic mums, a loosely tied bouquet in romantic rose pink tones or a playful bouquet of lilies of the valley tend to be best.
And if you give a cheery-natured, motherly mum a mixed bouquet of early summer flowers, her eyes will light up and she'll be EVEN cheerier.
While we're on the subject of "mixed" flowers, bouquets with many colours of flowers – e.g. a mixed bouquet of roses – are of course also ideal if your mum embodies all the characteristics listed above … or at least an number of them.
You'll find the loveliest Mother's Day bouquets HERE.
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Mother’s Day: 2018 dates worldwide
Other countries, other customs. And so Mother's Day is not celebrated universally on the second Sunday in May, as it is in Switzerland. Here are the most important dates:
- 11 February (second Sunday in February: Norway
- 2 March: Georgia
- 8 March (International Women's Day): Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Rumania, Russia, Belorussia
- 11 March (fourth Sunday in Lent): UK, Ireland
- 21 March (first day of spring): Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel (Israeli Arabs only), Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates
- 25 March (Annunciation Day): Slovenia
- 7 April: Armenia
- 16 April (first new moon after Nepalese New Year): Nepa
- 6 May (first Sunday in May: Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Hungary
- 10 May El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexiko
- 13 May (second Sunday in May): Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Curaçao, Denmark, Germany, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, India, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, Pakistan, Papua-New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Zambia, Samoa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Czech Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Cyprus
- 15 May: Paraguay
- 26 May: Poland
- 27 May: Bolivia
- 27 May (last Sunday in May): Algeria, Dominican Republic, French Antilles, Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritius, Sweden, Senegal, Tunisia, France
- 30 May: Nicaragua
- 1 June (Mother's and Children's Day): Mongolia
- 10 June (second Sunday in June): Luxembourg
- 26 June: Kenya
- 12 August (birthday of Queen Sirikit): Thailand
- 15 August (Assumption Day): Costa Rica
- 8 October (second Monday in October): Malawi
- 21 October (third Sunday in October): Argentina
- 8 December (Immaculate Conception): Panama
- 10 December (2 weeks before Christmas): Serbia
- 22 December: Indonesia
Why other countries celebrate Mother's Day on Women's Day or at the start of spring
The whole world celebrates mothers with a holiday. But not all countries use the US-American date. There's an interesting symbolism behind the different dates. For example, in many Middle Eastern countries, Mother's Day is on 21 March and virtually coincides with the beginning of spring. This is probably because both spring and mothers represent new life. So the choice of this date is essentially highly poetic.
On the other hand, in many of the former Eastern Bloc states, the mother is simply seen as a woman. Accordingly, Mother's Day is celebrated in these countries on 8 March because that is International Women's Day. Of course, Women's Day is about the equality of men and women. And Mother's Day is a holiday in honour of mothers, on which they are thanked for their love and care. But they have a matter-of-fact attitude in these countries, and get a two-for-one deal by using a single date.
You'll find care tips for spring flowers and other cut blooms HERE.
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Hot tips for an absolutely perfect Mother's Day
Normally, it's up to the mother to make sure everything goes right. On Mother's Day, it's the other way round. These tips will make the family celebration a mega success:
- Plan the family breakfast, gifts, excursions or other surprises in good time and sort out who will do what. The main priority is for Mum to be able to relax, she's not supposed to do anything for once.
- An essential part of Mother's Day is flowers, flowers, flowers: as a gift and also for decoration. Toddlers can pick a bunch of flowers all by themselves, fathers and grown-up children can give Mum's favourite flowers. However, loving eye-catchers on the breakfast tray, in the bathroom, on the dining table or balcony will work wonders and charm the heart of the best of all Mums.
- A meal cooked at home by the family members, a lovingly prepared picnic outdoors or a brunch in the garden are perfect highlights. The main thing is that the mother of the house doesn't have to take care of anything.
- Mothers love surprises. How about a leisurely bike ride? An atmospheric stroll? Or an attractive excursion, possibly even with a night away from home? The important thing is for Mum's preferences to be considered, not those of the children.
However, time spent together is probably the most important thing of all. That also applies to teenagers, who for a time may not be able to get particularly excited about Mother's Day, and to "grown-up children".
Detailed decorative tips for the loveliest of all Mother's Days are HERE.
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