Mother’s Day is often synonymous of filial love, a good lunch, gifts, and good times to be shared between children and their mothers almost everywhere.
This day is an international celebration. The earliest traces of Mother’s Day date back to ancient times when the Greeks celebrated Rhea, the Mother of Deities. Today, many countries worldwide celebrate mothers on different dates and with different traditions. However, these celebrations have the same purpose: to thank moms for what they do all year long!
The different dates and traditions around the world:
El “Día de la Madre” takes place every year on the first Sunday of May. Children cover their mothers with gifts and flowers, and on this day, they take a break! In fact, on Mother’s Day, Spanish mothers and even grandmothers do not cook. Instead, many families celebrate this day in restaurants, where it is customary for the restaurant owners to offer a flower to the mothers.
In more remote villages, the Virgin Mary, a symbol of motherhood, is also celebrated with offerings of flowers.
In the United Kingdom
Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, usually in mid-March.
It is still customary for girls to give their mothers a “Simnel cake,” made of marzipan and dried fruit. But, on the other hand, the boys will provide them with a bouquet!
Muttertag is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On this day, the mothers have a break while the children take care of them: they prepare a hearty breakfast and give them flowers. Then comes the time for the traditional family outing to enjoy the beautiful weather before ending the day with a good meal. It is a day of relaxation.
In Japan, Mother’s Day is called “Haha no hi” and is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, just like in the US. Traditionally, children give their mothers gifts and also red carnations, which symbolize the love they share.
In the United States
In 1907 in Philadelphia, Ana Jarvis, inconsolable after her mother’s death, fought for a day dedicated to mothers to be established nationally. In 1914, President Wilson heard her fight and made it an official holiday set for the second Sunday in May.
Today, on Mother’s Day, many greeting cards are given. Then, mothers sleep in, and children bring them breakfast in bed.
Mother’s Day is not on the Chinese calendar. However, since the 1990s, when the country opened up to the Western world, young Chinese celebrate their mothers, especially in big cities. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, like in many other countries. The child gives flowers to his mother and helps her with the household chores. But when the child reaches the age of 35, they are not supposed to celebrate this day anymore.
Mexicans always celebrate their mothers on May 10, no matter what day. Children use the “serenata” to pay tribute to their mothers.
On the eve of the holiday, young Mexicans gather with their instruments and go door-to-door serenading. When the mother opens the door, she welcomes them and shares a moment of conviviality with them. Then the young people continue their journey, sometimes until the early morning. A day for celebration!
To help you celebrate this holiday in style, we have 10 gift ideas for you!
- A beautiful bouquet of flowers
- An elegant piece of jewelry
- A photo album made by you
- Products to take care of her
- A theme box
- A book by her favorite writer
- A shared moment: a walk, a show, a restaurant …
- Her favorite chocolates
- A personalized gift: mug, pillow, t-shirt…
- A good meal made by you
Mother’s Day at Fairmont Mayakoba:
For the occasion, here are our suggestions applicable during May 2022!
Mommy and Me Manicures $118 USD +
Enjoy a side-by-side wonderful Mayakoba Manicure 45 min hand treatment and receive a complimentary feet nail polish regular application.
Mom Pampering Special Package $215 USD +
Enjoy a 60 min relaxing soft pressure massage with the benefits of a floral oil and receive 30 min of a hydrating facial.
By: Lisa Guerin