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Mothers Day 2011

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Mother’s Day, is that one day of the year set aside to formally honour mothers and motherhood. The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May. However, this day is observed in some countries ranging from February right through until December.

It is believed that Mother’s Day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (15 – 18 March).

In Europe there were several long standing traditions where a specific Sunday was set aside to honour motherhood and mothers, such as ‘Mothering Sunday’. Mothering Sunday celebrations are part of the Christian calendar in several denominations; Anglican, and Catholic marked as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent to honour the Virgin Mary and your ‘mother’ church (the main church of the area).

Children and young people who were ‘in service’ (servants in richer households), were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families or return to their ‘mother’ church. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place them in the church or to give them to their mothers as gifts.

One of the earliest records of Mother's Day in the United States was the ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’ by Julia Ward Howe. Written in 1870, it was a pacifist reaction to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

Mother’s Day Dates 2011
NB: Some dates are set and some change every year.

  • February 13 - (the second Sunday of February) Norway
  • March 3 - Georgia
  • March 8 – Ukraine, Afghanistan + 15 more countries
  • March 21 – Egypt, Lebanon + 13 more countries
  • March 25 – Slovenia
  • April 3 – (the fourth Sunday in Lent) Ireland, United Kingdom, Nigeria
  • April 7 – Armenia
  • May 1 – (the first Sunday in May) Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain
  • May 8 – (the second Sunday in May) Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Shri Lanka, Singapore, United States + 63 more countries
  • May 8 – Albania, South Korea
  • May 10 – El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
  • May 15 – Paraguay
  • May 26 – Poland
  • May 27 - Bolivia
  • May 29 – (the last Sunday in May) France, Morocco, Sweden + 6 more countries
  • May 30 – Nicaragua
  • June 1 – Mongolia
  • June 12 – (the second Sunday in June) Luxemburg
  • June – (the last Sunday in June) Kenya
  • August 12 – Thailand
  • August 15 – Costa Rica, Antwerp (Belgium)
  • October 10 – (the second Monday in October) Malawi
  • October 14 – Belarus
  • October 16 – (the third Sunday in October) Argentina
  • December 8 – Panama
  • December 22 - Indonesia

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