Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World

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Mother’s Day is coming up on May 9th (this Sunday).  Regardless of country or culture, one thing we share is a love for our mothers! Moms are just universally important, that way. Today, we’re bringing you this Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World Booklet so that you and your children can talk about some of the different ways that other places around the world honor their mothers in their own Mother’s Day celebrations.

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This fun booklet is made up of 3 printable pages with information about how 10 countries celebrate Mother’s Day.  As you go through these different Mother’s Day traditions with your kids, you may want to consider and discuss:

  • Which countries have similar traditions to ours? Why might that be?
  • Which countries have unique traditions which are unfamiliar to those of us in the U.S.? 
  • What are some of the different reasons that each country started celebrating Mother’s Day? For example, some of the countries on this list honor moms around a certain season, time of year, or corresponding event. How do these things impact what Mother’s Day means and how it is celebrated in that country?
  • Do you (or your kids) want to try to replicate any of these traditions in your home this Mother’s Day? (Hint: if you ARE the mom and reading this, this may be a good printable to hand over to a spouse or relative so that any ideas your kids come up with remain a surprise!)

The 10 countries discussed in this printable are:

  1. The United Kingdom
  2. Brazil
  3. Germany
  4. Japan
  5. Australia
  6. Peru
  7. France
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Serbia
  10. India

We think you’ll enjoy learning how families in other countries celebrate this holiday. If you’d like to make this activity even more educational, you could even grab a world map and find the countries as you read about each one. This week might also be a good one to do something fun for the women in your family together, or encourage your children (especially if you’re a dad reading this!) to prepare  something to make Mom feel special this Mother’s Day. Maybe the kids could help make a special meal for Mom and give her the night off (from cooking and from doing dishes!). Maybe they could make homemade cards or even write some poems or sweet stories or memories. Maybe the kids would like to make a craft or even draw some pictures! Let some of the ideas in this printable inspire you.  No matter what you choose to do to celebrate Mother’s Day at your house, we do hope this printable booklet helps to add some fun and information to your celebration. We truly do appreciate all of the moms out there and your commitments to your families. You are loved!

Click here to get your own copy of the printable Mother’s Day Traditions Around the World booklet. 

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