Mother’s Day 2013 – Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother’s Day 2013 – Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother’s day is a worldwide phenomenon and is celebrated not only in the USA but around the world. However, although many countries have adopted the date and format of the US celebration, there are countries where the tradition goes much further back than the 100 years history of the US holiday. See our History of Mother’s Day.

List of Countries celebrating Mother’s Day 2013

Mother’s day celebrations in date order: 



2nd Sunday –  Norway

Israel: Family Day – falls on the 30th day of Shevat


3rd – Georgia 

25th – Slovenia 

8th – Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Laos Montenegro and Ukraine

8th – International Women’s Day – Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Ukraine 

8th – Mothers and Children’s Day – Mongolia 

21st – Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan , Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and most Arab countries.

Variable depending on Easter date – UK, Ireland and Nigeria 


7th – Armenia


1st – Sunday in May –  Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain 

8th – Parent’s Day – Albania, South Korea 

10th – El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico

2nd Sunday in May –  USA plus Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil,  Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grended, Honduras, Hong Kong, Icekand, India, Italy,Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysea, Myanmar.  Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay Venezuela, Zimbabwe

15th – Paraguay 

26th – Poland 

27th – Bolivia 

30th – Nicaragua 

Last Sunday in May – Algeria, Dominican Republic, France (or 1st June if the Sunday is Pentecost day), Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia 


1st Mother’s and Children’s Day – Mongolia 

2nd Sunday in June – Luxembourg 

Last Sunday in June – Kenya 



12th – Thailand



2nd – Monday in October – Malawi 

3rd  Sunday in October – Argentina


Last Sunday in November – Russia


8th December – Panama 

16th December- Iran 

22nd December – Indonesia 


For Ideas for Mothers Day Gifts see our feature page: Good Gifts for Mom – Mother’s Day 2013.

To read more about the history of Mother’s Day, see:

Mother’s Day 2013

History of Mother’s Day



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