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Mother’s Day

May 2, 2018

While Mother’s Day in the US is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, and the UK’s Mothering Sundayis celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, worldwide many countries also celebrate Mother’s Day (also known as Ladies Day, Women’s Day, Parent’s Day) throughout the year.


Date CelebratedCountries Celebrating
Second Sunday in FebruaryNorway
Shevat 30
(falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1)
March 3Georgia
March 8Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Laos, Macedonia*, Montenegro, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia, Ukraine.*In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, and Russia the day is observed as International Women’s Day (not specifically Mothers’ Day).
Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Mothering Sunday)
Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom
March 21
(Vernal Equinox)
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (most Arab countries)
March 25Slovenia
April 7Armenia
Baisakh (Mata Tirtha Aunsi – April/May)Nepal
First Sunday in MayHungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain
May 8Albania (Parents’ Day), South Korea (Parents’ Day)
May 10El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
Second Sunday in MayAnguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
May 15Paraguay
May 26Poland
May 27Bolivia
Last Sunday in MayAlgeria, Dominican Republic, France*, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia*(except if the day falls on Pentecost Sunday, in which case Mother’s Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday of June)
May 30Nicaragua
June 1Mongolia (The Mothers and Children’s Day. Mongolia is the only country that celebrates Mother’s Day twice a year.)
2nd Sunday of JuneLuxembourg
Last Sunday of JuneKenya
August 12Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)
August 15
(Assumption Day)
Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica
Second Monday in OctoberMalawi
October 14Belarus
Third Sunday in OctoberArgentina (Día de la Madre)
Last Sunday of NovemberRussia
December 8Panama
December 22Indonesia


May 2, 2018