The celebration of Mother's Day in Spain changes the date every year as it is not linked to saints, as is the case with Father's Day.
Thus, Mother's Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of May, which this 2023 falls on the 7th.
There are still many weeks to go, so the children have time to think about something to give away, whether material or symbolic, and thus thank their mothers for everything they do for them.
The fact of celebrating Mother's Day on the first Sunday of May has less than a century of tradition. 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 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.
The truth is that few countries besides Spain celebrate Mother's Day on the first Sunday of May. Those that do so are: Portugal, South Africa, Hungary, Lithuania, Angola and Andorra.
And it is that globally Mother’s Day is distributed on different sheets of the calendar according to countries: second Sunday of February (Norway); fourth Sunday of Lent (UK, Ireland and Nigeria); March 3 (Georgia); March 8 (Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina…); March 21 (Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia…); April 7 (Armenia); May 10 (Mexico, Ecuador and El Salvador); second Sunday in May (Germany, United States, Cuba, Chile, Denmark, Turkey…); May 8 (South Korea); May 12 (Samoa); May 15 (Paraguay); May 17 (Belize, Singapore, UAE…); May 26 (Poland); May 27 (Bolivia); May 30 (Nicaragua); last Sunday of May (France, Algeria, Sweden...); August 12 (Thailand); August 15 (Costa Rica, Belgium); third Sunday of October (Argentina); October 14 (Belarus); November 16 (North Korea); last Sunday in November (Russia); December 8 (Panama) and December 22 (Indonesia).
Whatever day it is, the important thing is to honor mothers
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