Mother's Day in Ukraine: History and traditions of holiday

Source : 112 Ukraine

In Ukraine, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May
08:00, 10 May 2020

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Every year, on the second Sunday of May, many countries of Europe, Africa, the Americas, Australia, China and Japan, celebrate one of the sweetest holidays - Mother's Day.

This holiday has more than a century of history and every country celebrates it in its own way. People give their mothers flowers, souvenirs, pleasant little things and prepare surprises on this day.


History of the holiday

Officially, this holiday is over a hundred years old. Although the origins of Mother's Day celebrations may be found in the spring festivals that the people of ancient Greece dedicated to Reya, the mother of Zeus. Starting from 1600, the tradition of celebrating Mother Sunday appeared in England. On this day, mothers were honored on the fourth Sunday of Lent. On this day people did not work, instead they visited their parents.


Mother's Day in Ukraine

In Ukraine, Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1928, when the holiday was organized by the Union of Ukrainian Women of Canada. The following year, this holiday was already celebrated in Lviv. In 1929, the Ukrainian Women's Union initiated this holiday in Ternopil region. Prosvita, Ridna Shkola, Plast, Sokil organizations held concerts, conferences, festivals throughout Eastern Galicia. Since then, Mother's Day has been celebrated very widely.

In 1939, Soviet Union banned the holiday and for a long time, Mother's Day was not marked in Ukraine. Only in 1990, the holiday returned to Ukraine.

On May 10, 1999, former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma signed a decree establishing that Mother's Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May.


Customs and traditions of Mother's Day celebration

Different countries have their own customs and traditions. For example, people attach a clove flower to clothes on a Mother's Day in the USA and Australia. Colored cloves indicate that the person’s mother is alive, and white - that she is no longer in this world.

In Mexicans on Mother’s Day perform a special song ‘Las mañanitas’ at Catholic mass in churches, and then they have festive dinners. In Austria, on the second May Sunday in restaurants, there is a special menu for mothers. Some countries organize charity events in nursing homes.

On this day, it is customary to pay tribute to maternal work and to express gratitude to mothers for giving life and bringing up.

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