When is Mother’s Day Around the World?

While Mother’s Day in the US is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, and the UK’s Mothering Sundayis celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, worldwide many countries also celebrate Mother’s Day (also known as Ladies Day, Women’s Day, Parent’s Day) throughout the year.


Date Celebrated Countries Celebrating
Second Sunday in February Norway
Shevat 30
(falls anywhere between January 30 and March 1)
March 3 Georgia
March 8 Afghanistan, Albania*, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Laos, Macedonia*, Montenegro, Moldova*, Montenegro, Romania*, Russia*, Serbia, Ukraine.*In Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Guyana, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, and Russia the day is observed as International Women’s Day (not specifically Mothers’ Day).
Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Mothering Sunday)
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 (most Arab countries)
March 25 Slovenia
April 7 Armenia
Baisakh (Mata Tirtha Aunsi – April/May) 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 Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, 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*, Haiti, Mauritius, Morocco, Sweden, Tunisia*(except if the day falls on Pentecost Sunday, in which case Mother’s Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday of June)
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
December 22 Indonesia