Monday, 5 March 2012

Mother's Day

On the 18th of March 2012 is Mother's Day.

Mothers were already honoured in ancient times, and in Great Britain the tradition of a special day to show gratitude and give flowers and gifts to our mothers dates back to the 13th century. Here, Mother's or Mothering Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

In many other countries, like Germany, Spain, Italy, China and Japan, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. So there mothers get their presents on the 13th of May this year.

Mother's Day in France, or Fêtes des Mères, falls this year on the 3rd of June.

On the 8th of March many countries celebrate women, regardless of whether they are mothers or not: International Women's Day remembers the economic, political and cultural achievements of women past and present. First introduced in 1911, it even is a national holiday in some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria. In Italy, all women get free entry to museums and galleries on this day!

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