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History of Mother's Day around the world

While Mother's Day gifts, cards, flowers and candy are given on the second Sunday in May in the U.S., other countries honor moms on other days of the year. Mother's Day in Mexico is on a fixed date every year, note Mother's Day history buffs at The Learning Channel.1 Along with candy gifts from their children, some of Mexico's mothers are treated to live performances from their kids. Children come up with ideas for Mother's Day shows weeks ahead of time, and then "the children may dance, tell jokes and sing for the entertainment of their maternal audience" on May 10th.2 Moms discover their Mother's Day candy then enjoy the musical shows, which can often begin in early morning, and some children even hire professional mariachi bands to accompany their Mother's Day gifts of song.

The history of Mother's Day has strong roots in the United Kingdom, and our neighbor across the Atlantic still continues its own Mothering Sunday services. The origin of Mother's Day in the UK was originally marked for people to return to their hometowns where they were baptized. The facts about Mother's Day in the UK reveal that through the years, servants who were working in the large houses used this day to visit their own families. It was customary on Mother's Day in the UK to take "a gift of food or hand-me-down clothing from their employers to her. In turn, this moved towards the modern holiday, on which people still visit and take gifts to their mothers," notes TimeandDate.com.3

Mothers' Day candy and gifts are given on her special day throughout the world in countries such as India, France, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Japan. Japan's origin of Mother's Day can be traced back to a day set aside to honor Empress Kojun, who was the wife of former emperor Hirohito and herself mother to seven children (Akihito, her fifth child, is Japan's current emperor). The facts about Mother's Day in Japan show that the country initially observed Mother's Day on March 6, Empress Kojun's birthday. Mother's Day in Japan moved to the second Sunday in May in 1949, when Japan was still occupied by Allied forces, and this remains the official date for the holiday today.

The history of Mother's Day shows that the holiday is quite a boost for the U.S. economy, with the total spending for Mother's Day now hitting around $14.10 billion, according to figures provided by the National Retail Federation, which puts Mother's Day just ahead of Easter.4 The most popular Mother's Day gifts, according to the NRF, are flowers, followed by a dinner or brunch out, followed by Mother's Day cards and other gifts. Candy gifts are the perfect presents to give Mom after a hearty Mother's Day brunch when she's ready for a sweet treat. Ideas for Mother's Day often start with a good meal out, and, in fact, Mother's Day is the most popular day to dine out in the U.S., when a whopping 75 million people head to restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association.5

1 http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/history-of-mothers-day-in-mexico1.htm
2 http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/history-of-mothers-day-in-mexico1.htm
3 http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/mothering-sunday
4 http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=707
5 http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/75-million-Americans-expected-to-dine-out-this-Mot
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