Is Mother's Day celebrated in other countries?
Now, without a doubt, mothers all over the world should be treated with the love and respect they so richly deserve. However, I'm talking about a Hallmark-fest/reservations at Olive Garden/breakfast-in-bed American-style Mother's Day celebration.
The answer is no. America corners the world market when it comes to an over-the-top "Spoil Her With Diamonds" Mother's Day. Not really a surprise, is it?
I was able to find a few other countries that celebrate Mother's Day in total American-style opulence. Namely, the UK, Mexico, France, Argentina, India and a handful of other countries all have a specific day devoted to the love of all things mom. (source: here and here)
Which led to the inevitable questions such as:
- Why do Americans spoil each other so much?
- Why do we treat mom special on one day, then maybe treat her not so specially on other days?
- What on earth can we do about this to stop the silliness and make a global good change?
Maybe this year, it's time for a new approach. What if we all considered just one less gift, and then donated the money in mom's honor?
Many wonderful organizations are out there and the need is great. From Africa to Asia and all points in between, moms EVERYWHERE desire help and guidance so they can be the best mom for their kids.
The Samaritan's Purse Mother's Day initiative is working to provide birthing centers in developing countries. The focus is on breastfeeding education, nutrition and clean water projects. As a Christian organization, Samaritan's Purse is sharing the message of the Gospel with many families around the world. (Information)
This Mother's Day, consider helping moms around the world. You can choose to help however you feel comfortable. Just remember all the moms. The moms of the world that just want what's best for their children and might need a little assistance from you and your mom today.