Mother’s Day

Happy Mom's Day (Public Domain Pictures)

Happy Mom’s Day (Public Domain Pictures)

Brooke Orenstein

Mother’s Day is the holiday when families honor motherhood and it is observed in many forms all throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day 2018 occured on Sunday, May 13.

Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide in various forms and dates. Customs vary depending on the country.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is primarily celebrated by presenting mothers with gifts and especially flowers.

Mother’s Day is celebrated accordingly worldwide:

ChinaOn the second Sunday of May, the Chinese citizens celebrate the day with gifts and festivities.

Mexico – Mexico takes Mother’s Day very seriously, as it is the busiest day of the year for Mexican restaurants. Flowers are essential, and it is full of music, food, celebrations, and often a morning serenade from mariachi singers who sing the song “Las Mananitas.”

Russia – In 1998, post-Soviet Russia introduced Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in November.

Egypt – Mother’s Day in Egypt falls on the first day of spring (March 21). The holiday is observed widely, but it is an unofficial national holiday. It is a day of giving gifts and celebration.

Thailand– Mother’s Day is observed on August 12, which marks the birthday of the revered Queen Sirikit. It is common to see ceremonies and parades.

Ireland – Mother’s Day in Ireland is similar to the UK, where the holiday falls on “Mothering Sunday” (fourth Sunday of Lent). Children often present their mother’s with a “mothering cake” (simnel cake that is popular in Ireland) on the holiday. Another way the Irish “honor one’s mam” is with spring flowers.

This past year, Mother’s Day spending reached a whopping $23.1 billion.

Some of the top “18 best-selling gifts on Mother’s Day” on Amazon included:

For the House:

Frederick Engraving mommy’s sippy cup wine glass, Amazon

kyeArt white love you mom pears, $36, Amazon

Canary Road personalized mother paper print, $20, Amazon


Remington pro 1-1½” curling wand, $25, Amazon

Conair double-sided lighted makeup mirror, $30, Amazon


Simple Xpressions personalized stackable name ring, $15, Amazon


Kindle paperwhite e-reader, $120, Amazon

Echo Dot, $50, Amazon

Logitech ultimate ears BOOM 2 wireless mobile bluetooth speaker, $116,Amazon

According to Statista, the most desired gifts were:

Most desired gifts this year for Mother’s Day (Statista)











Fun facts about Mother’s Day:

  • “Studies show that presenting a bouquet of flowers has positive health and psychological benefits.
  • In the wide majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
  • Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, behind only Christmas and Easter.
  • More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.
  • Approximately 65% of all greeting card sales occur in the last five days before Mother’s Day.
  • Women purchase 80% of all Mother’s Day cards.
  • Around one-quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased for Mother’s Day.
  • Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry with 62% of Americans dining out.”