Who celebrates Mother´s day when?

Not every country celebrates Mother´s day on the same dates, there are Mother´s day days throughout the year, however spring is the favorite season for this.

In England Mother’s day is an evolution of the Mothering Sunday celebration. Back in the day it was important to visit at least once a year your hometown church, or mother church, and so it happened that the fourth Sunday of March, during the middle of Lent, became a national holiday in England during which people were expected to have a family reunion.

The figure of the mother was central in this ritual; mothers are symbolically the nucleus of any family, the person at the center of husband and children.

Below you can see who celebrates mother’s day on what dates.

Note: Countries that celebrate the International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day are marked with a dagger “†”.

Gregorian calendar
Occurrence Dates Country
Second Sunday of February Feb 12, 2012
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 9, 2014
 Norway
3 March  Georgia
8 March  Afghanistan
 Albania
 Kosovo
 Armenia†
 Azerbaijan†
 Belarus†
 Bosnia and Herzegovina†
 Bulgaria†
 Kazakhstan†
 Laos
 Macedonia†
 Republic of Moldova
 Montenegro†
 Romania
 Russia†
 Slovenia†
 Serbia†
 Tajikistan†
 Vietnam†*
Fourth Sunday in Lent Mar 18, 2012
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 30, 2014
 Ireland
 Nigeria
 United Kingdom
21 March
(vernal equinox)
 Bahrain
 Djibouti
 Egypt
 Iraq
 Jordan
 Kuwait
 Libya
 Lebanon[16]
 Mauritania
 Oman
 Palestine
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia
 Somalia
 Sudan
 Syria
 United Arab Emirates
 Yemen
25 March  Slovenia
7 April  Armenia
First Sunday in May May 6, 2012
May 5, 2013
May 4, 2014
 Hungary
 Lithuania
 Mozambique
 Portugal
 Spain
8 May  South Korea (Parents’ Day)
10 May  El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Mexico
 Belize
Second Sunday of May May 13, 2012
May 12, 2013
May 11, 2014
 Anguilla
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Aruba
 Australia
 Austria
 Bahamas
 Bangladesh
 Barbados
 Belgium
 Bermuda
 Bonaire
 Botswana
 Brazil
 Brunei
 Canada
 Cambodia
 Chile
 People’s Republic of China†[17]
 Colombia
 Croatia
 Cuba[18]
 Curaçao
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic[19]
 Denmark
 Dominica
 Ecuador
 Estonia
 Ethiopia
 Fiji
 Finland
 Germany
 Ghana
 Gold Coast
 Greece
 Grenada
 Guyana
 Honduras
 Hong Kong
 Iceland
 India
 Italy
 Jamaica
 Japan
 Kurdistan
 Latvia
 Liberia
 Liechtenstein
 Macao
 Malaysia
 Malta
 Burma
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Pakistan
 Papua New Guinea
 Peru[20]
 Philippines
 Puerto Rico
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Samoa
 Singapore
 Sint Maarten
 Slovakia[19]
 South Africa
 Sri Lanka
 Suriname
 Switzerland
 Taiwan
 Tanganyika
 Tonga
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turkey
 Uganda
 Ukraine
 United States
 Uruguay
 Vietnam
 Venezuela
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe
15 May  Paraguay (same day as Día de la Patria)[21]
26 May  Poland “Dzień Matki”
27 May  Bolivia[13]
Last Sunday of May (sometimes first Sunday of June if it’s Pentecost) May 27, 2012
May 26, 2013
May 25, 2014
 Algeria
 Dominican Republic
 France (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day)
France French Antilles (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day)
 Morocco
 Haiti[22] Mauritius  Sweden
 Tunisia
30 May  Nicaragua
1 June  Mongolia† (Mothers’ and Children’s Day.)
Second Sunday of June Jun 10, 2012
Jun 9, 2013
Jun 8, 2014
 Luxembourg
Last Sunday of June Jun 24, 2012
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 29, 2014
 Kenya
12 August  Thailand (birthday of Queen Sirikit)
15 August (Assumption of Mary)  Costa Rica
Antwerp (Belgium)
Second Monday of October Oct 8, 2012
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 13, 2014
 Malawi
14 October  Belarus
Third Sunday of October Oct 21, 2012
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 19, 2014
 Argentina (Día de la Madre)
Last Sunday of November Nov 25, 2012
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 30, 2014
 Russia
3 November  Timor Leste
8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)  Panama
22 December  Indonesia
Other calendars
Occurrence Equivalent Gregorian dates Country
Shevat 30 Between 30 January and 1 March  Israel
Baisakh Amavasya (Mata Tirtha Aunsi) Between 19 and 29 April  Nepal
20 Jumada al-thani[n 1] 24 May 201112 May 2012  Iran
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One comment

  1. The Young Londoners · · Reply

    Oh wow, I didnt know that there are so many different dates for mothers day depending on the country. I knew that there were a few different days but didnt expect that many! Some of those days are really random..

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