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Why is Mother's day in America not on the same day that we have it here in Europe?

  • 15-05-2023 8:13pm
    Registered Users Posts: 15,304 ✭✭✭✭

    So strange and annoying when you are on social Media too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,994 ✭✭✭MrMusician18

    Presumably because it is linked to Lent?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,342 ✭✭✭Pauliedragon

    It was Mothers day in Oz yesterday aswell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,179 ✭✭✭✭endacl

    Originally, Mothering Sunday was a day when newly ordained clergy would return to their ‘mother’ parish or home place to celebrate their first mass. It morphed over time into Mothers’ Day.

    Mother’s Day in ‘murica is when Hallmark decided it should be. Probably dropped in on a date midway between two other card sale opportunities.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,146 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    The US set their date for Mother's Day in the early 1900s and several countries adopted it. Other countries, like Ireland and the UK, already had Mothering Sunday since medieval times which was a religious celebration on the 4th Sunday of Lent.

    It's a shame a centuries old tradition is causing a confliction on your social media.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,987 ✭✭✭HalloweenJack

    Mother's Day in Spain is the first Sunday of May so it's not even the same all throughout Europe. What's the problem?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,304 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,987 ✭✭✭✭Grayson

    Is it the same day in Ireland every year? I always knew when it was because I'd see the cards and displays in shops. Now I live abroad I rely on my sister to tell me. I couldn't even tell you what month it is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 123 ✭✭Tavrin Callas

    As stated above, it's the 4th Sunday in Lent, so it's a moveable feast here and not even always going to be the same month (always March or April though).

    There are well over a dozen different dates for Mother's Day around the world, it's actually quite interesting. The second Sunday in May is by far the most comment (the US date). Others more popular than our date include the 8th March (International Women's Day) and 21st March (Spring Equinox).