Saturday, May 10, 2008

I Answered My Own Mother's Day Question

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If I had done a quick search before asking if other places celebrated Mother's Day like we do in the U.S. (American provincialism strikes again!!), I would have found that it is celebrated...

Second Sunday in February --Norway

February 2 Greece. Corresponds to the Eastern Orthodox feast day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Since the Theotokos (The Mother of God) appears prominently in this feast as the one who brought Christ to the Temple at Jerusalem, this feast is associated with mothers. However, today many Greeks are beginning to observe Mother's Day as rendered by the West.

Shevat 30 (falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1) -Israel

March 3 -Georgia

March 8 -Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Laos, Macedonia*, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia**, Ukraine, South Korea, and Vietnam. *In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, Russia, and Ukraine it is observed as International Women's Day, not specifically Mothers' day.

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday - March 2 in 2008)
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 (All Arab countries in general)

March 25 -Slovenia

April 7 -Armenia

April 2 (Chinese calendar)*-China

Baisakh Amavasya (Mata Tirtha Aunsi) -Nepal

First Sunday in May -Hungary, Lithuania*, Portugal, Spain

May 8 -Albania (Parents' Day), South Korea (Parents' Day).

May 10 -El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

Second Sunday in May - (May 11 in 2008) -Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia*, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

May 15 -Paraguay

May 26 -Poland

May 27 -Bolivia

last Sunday in May -Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (except if it coincides with Pentecost day, in which case Mother's Day will be shifted to the first Sunday of June), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia.

May 30 -Nicaragua

June 1 -Mongolia (The Mothers and Children's Day. Mongolia is the only country that celebrates Mother's day twice a year.)

2nd Sunday of June -Luxembourg

Last Sunday of June -Kenya

August 12 -Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)

August 15 (Assumption Day) -Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica

Second Monday in October -Malawi

October 14 -Belarus

Third Sunday in October -Argentina (Día de la Madre)

Last Sunday of November -Russia

December 8 -Panama

16 December, Iranian calendar: 25 Azar (Mother And Child Foundation) -Iran

December 22 -Indonesia

(Thanks Wikipedia!)

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