Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. In the US, it is on the second Sunday in May, thus on May 13, 2018. In the UK and Ireland, it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent or Mothering Sunday, which falls on March 11 in 2018. The fourth Sunday in Lent is exactly three weeks before Easter. In most of the Arab countries, Mother’s Day fall on March 21, 2018. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 12, on the birthday of Queen Sirikit, while in Malaysia, we emulate the US and celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13, 2018.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood began as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as Mothering Sunday, which is celebrated in the UK and other parts of Europe.
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in honour of the mother of the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence mothers have on the society. Most of the countries celebrate Mother’s Day either in the month of March or May.