April 21st, 2015 | Miller Advisors

Another way to celebrate mother’s day

When we think of Mother’s Day–May 10 this year–what usually comes to mind are flower bouquets displayed on kitchen counters, cards brimming with heartfelt words (either Hallmark’s or your own) and a genuine appreciation for the most important women in our lives. Of course, ours isn’t the only country that celebrates motherhood each year.

Here are some of the many ways families around the world honor their mothers:

  • A Brazilian Mother’s Day includes church gatherings and children’s performances, which often culminate in large, multi-generational barbecues.
  • Germans celebrate Muttertag, which gained popularity during WWII, when medals were awarded to women based upon how many children were in their household. This practice ended after the war, and the celebration now centers on giving gifts, cards, and flowers.
  • In the country of Japan, carnations are given to represent the gentle strength of mothers.
  • Across the pond, the U.K. has a tradition of baking a rich almond cake called a “mothering cake” or “simnel cake.”
  • Thailand’s holiday is celebrated in part to mark the birthday of Queen Sirikit. There are ceremonies and parades throughout the day, and jasmine is the preferred gift.
While traditions and customs vary, the sentiment is the same. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. We love you. Thank you. So this Mother’s Day, whether you celebrate like one of the countries above or in your own special way, be sure to let your mother know just how important she is.
Source: Forefield
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