Every year the calendar has some holidays that are really special. For example, on March 19, San José. Date on which Father's Day is also celebrated.
And what about Mother's Day? When does it fall this year? Of course, there is also Mother's Day in the Spanish almanac, but this festivity changes its date every year.
Thus, Mother's Day 2023 in Spain is celebrated this Sunday, May 7.
The only condition that is repeated in Spain every year to choose Mother's Day is that it is always celebrated on the first Sunday of May.
On the other hand, it should be noted that around the world this festive day has up to twenty different dates to honor the parents.
The truth is that few countries besides Spain have that date: Portugal, South Africa, Hungary, Lithuania, Angola and Andorra. And it is that worldwide Mother's Day is distributed in different pages of the calendar according to countries:
The fact of celebrating Mother's Day on the first Sunday of May may be consolidated in the collective imagination of Spain, but the truth is that this has been the case for only 58 years.
Catholicism in Europe began to honor the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, on December 8, 1854, when Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Every December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception served to commemorate all the parents. The custom was maintained until the 1960s, when Galerías Preciados adopted the custom of celebrating Mother's Day in May, in the image and likeness of what other countries do. Its competitor, El Corte Inglés, kept the date of December 8, so for some time Mother's Day was celebrated in Spain, commercially, twice a year.
In 1965 Mother's Day was definitively established on the first Sunday of May, a month associated with the Virgin Mary, thus also joining the ecclesiastical authorities.
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