When is Mother’s Day 2022? Gifts & Things to Do

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Team Peanut5 months ago14 min read

Happy Mother’s Day 2022 ‒ celebrating moms all over the world! But when is Mother’s Day 2022 in the US, UK, and the rest of the world? Let’s find out.

When is Mother’s Day 2022?

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world ‒ after all, moms are a fundamental part of every culture.

So whether you want to honor your mom, mama, mum, maminka, ema, nanay, maman, Mutter, makuahine, mamo, mẹ, or ma, we’ve got all there is to know about Mother’s Day 2022.

In this article: 📝

  • What’s Mother’s Day 2022?
  • How many Mother’s Days are there?
  • What should I do for Mother’s Day 2022?
  • What does my mom want for Mother’s Day?
  • Why do we celebrate Mothers Day?

What’s Mother’s Day 2022?

So exactly when is Mother’s Day 2022? Well, in the US, Mother’s Day 2022 will be on Sunday, May 8th.

Mother’s Day in the US is around 100 years old, dating back to 1907, when Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial service for her mother at her old church, the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church.

On Mother’s Day each year, we celebrate the contributions, strength, and compassion of mothers all around the world ‒ grandmas, aunts, sisters, mothers-in-law, stepmoms, partners, and friends.

After all, where would we be without our mothers?

Is Mother’s Day a fixed date?

No ‒ in the US, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of each May. Mother’s Day 2022 will be on Sunday, May 8.

However, for Mother’s Day UK, Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent ‒ Mother’s Day 2023 in the UK will be on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

What is the date of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in 2022?

For the US, Mother’s Day 2022 will be on Sunday 8 May, and Father’s Day 2022 will be on Sunday, June 19.

What day is Mother’s Day each year?

Mother’s Day falls on different dates each year ‒ both for the US and UK:

  • Mother’s Day 2021: Sunday 9 May 2021 (US), Sunday 14 March 2021 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2022: Sunday 8 May 2022 (US), Sunday 27 March 2022 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2023: Sunday 14 May 2023 (US), Sunday 19 March 2023 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2024: Sunday 12 May 2024 (US), Sunday 10 March 2024 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2025: Sunday 11 May 2025 (US), Sunday 30 March 2025 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2026: Sunday 10 May 2026 (US), Sunday 15 March 2026 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2027: Sunday 9 May 2027 (US), Sunday 7 March 2027 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2028: Sunday 14 May 2028 (US), Sunday 26 March 2028 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2029: Sunday 13 May 2029 (US), Sunday 11 March 2029 (UK)
  • Mother’s Day 2030: Sunday 12 May 2030 (US), Sunday 31 March 2030 (UK)

Is Mother’s Day always on a Sunday?

Yes, for the majority of cultures who celebrate Mother’s Day, it’s held on a Sunday each year.

So you can enjoy a happy Mother’s Day weekend, every year!

How is the date of Mother’s Day decided?

In the US the date of Mother’s Day is decided by following the same date as the original US Mother’s Day ‒ May 12, 1907.

Since, in the UK, Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday, the US followed the same idea, so to ensure Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday, it’s held every second Sunday of May.

For the UK Mothering Sunday, the date is decided by the dates of Easter, which are ‘set’ by the lunar calendar.

How many Mother’s Days are there?

There are (at the time of writing) over 30 different dates that Mother’s Day is held each year, in different cultures and different countries:

  • Second Sunday of February: Norway (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, February 12, 2023).
  • March 3: Georgia (next Mother’s Day is Friday, March 3, 2023).
  • March 8: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam (next Mother’s Day is Wednesday, March 8, 2023 ‒ the same day as International Women’s Day).
  • Fourth Sunday of Lent: Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Nigeria, United Kingdom (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, March 19, 2023).
  • March 21: Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (next Mother’s Day is Tuesday, March 21, 2023 ‒ the same day as the Spring equinox).
  • March 25: Slovenia (next Mother’s Day is Saturday, March 25, 2023).
  • April 7: Armenia (next Mother’s Day is Friday, April 7, 2023 ‒ also known as Motherhood and Beauty Day).
  • First Sunday of May: Angola, Cape Verde, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Romania, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Spain (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 7, 2023).
  • May 8: South Korea (next Mother’s Day is Monday, May 8, 2023 ‒ also known as Parents’ Day).
  • Second Sunday of May: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, 2022).
  • May 10: El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico (next Mother’s Day is Tuesday, May 10, 2022).
  • May 14: Benin (next Mother’s Day is Saturday, May 14, 2022).
  • May 15: Paraguay (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 15, 2022 ‒ the same day as Día de la Patria).
  • May 19: Kyrgyzstan (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, May 19, 2022).
  • May 26: Poland (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, May 26, 2022).
  • May 27: Bolivia (next Mother’s Day is Friday, May 27, 2022).
  • Last Sunday of May: Algeria, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, France, French Antilles, Haiti, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Sweden, Tunisia (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 29, 2022).
  • May 30: Nicaragua (next Mother’s Day is Monday, May 30, 2022).
  • June 1: Mongolia (next Mother’s Day is Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ‒ the same as Children’s Day).
  • Second Sunday of June: Luxembourg (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, June 12, 2022).
  • June 14: Afghanistan (next Mother’s Day is Tuesday, June 14, 2022).
  • First Monday of July: South Sudan (next Mother’s Day is Monday, July 4, 2022).
  • August 12: Thailand (next Mother’s Day is Friday, August 12, 2022).
  • August 15: Antwerp, Costa Rica (next Mother’s Day is Monday, August 15, 2022).
  • October 14: Belarus (next Mother’s Day is Friday, October 14, 2022).
  • October 15: Malawi (next Mother’s Day is Saturday, October 15, 2022).
  • Third Sunday of October: Argentina (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, October 16, 2022, also known as Día de la Madre).
  • October 20: Vietnam (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, October 20, 2022).
  • November 3: Timor Leste (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, November 3, 2022).
  • November 16: North Korea (next Mother’s Day is Wednesday, November 16, 2022).
  • Last Sunday of November: Russia (next Mother’s Day is Sunday, November 27, 2022).
  • December 8: Panama (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, December 8, 2022).
  • December 22: Indonesia (next Mother’s Day is Thursday, December 22, 2022).

Why are there 2 Mother’s Days?

There are actually more than two Mother’s Days around the world, but the two that we might be more familiar with are the US and UK Mother’s Days.

There are two different dates for Mother’s Day in the US and UK because they both have different origins.

It’s not known exactly when or why Mothering Sunday in the UK first began, but it can be traced back to the Middle Ages, linked to the Christian tradition of Lent.

Mother’s Day in the US dates back to 1907 when a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis held a remembrance for her late mother at her church, the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

A few years later, in 1914, it was made a national holiday by then-President Woodrow Wilson.

Since then, it’s grown in popularity around the world and is celebrated (sometimes on different days) by different cultures across the globe.

Is Mother’s Day International?

Yes, Mother’s Day is celebrated internationally ‒ in different languages, on different dates, and in different ways than the US or UK Mother’s Day.

Some international Mother’s Day celebrations are linked to pre-existing cultural holidays, like Parent’s Day or Children’s Day.

Is Mother’s Day the same in every country?

No, Mother’s Day isn’t the same date or even necessarily the same celebration in every country.

There are over 30 different dates on which Mother’s Day is held, along with different ways to celebrate mamas and their contributions to families around the world.

Do they celebrate Mothers Day in Israel?

Yes, Mother’s Day is celebrated in Israel, although on a different calendar than the January-December Gregorian calendar you may be used to.

Mother’s Day in Israel is celebrated on Shevat 30 in the Jewish calendar ‒ around January 30 to March 1.

Mother’s Day in Israel also celebrates Family Day, and is more of a holiday for young children, without gifts being given to mothers in the family.

Mother’s Day 2022 in Israel was celebrated on Tuesday, February 1 ‒ Mother’s Day 2023 in Israel will be held on Tuesday, February 21.

Do they celebrate mothers Day in Japan?

Yes, Mothers Day (also known as 母の日 or haha no hi) is celebrated in Japan each year, on the second Sunday of May, the same as the US.

Mother’s Day 2022 in Japan will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Is there Mother’s Day in Nigeria?

Yes, some people of Nigeria celebrate Mother’s Day, although it’s more a religious holiday than a commercial holiday.

Mother’s Day 2022 in Nigeria was held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, the same as UK Mother’s Day.

Does Dubai celebrate Mother’s Day?

Yes, some people of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates celebrate Mother’s Day ‒ Mother’s Day 2022 was held on Monday, March 21, 2022.

Is Mother’s Day a public holiday in South Africa?

No, Mother’s Day is not a public holiday in South Africa, although it is celebrated by some people.

Mother’s Sunday 2022 in South Africa will be on Sunday, May 8, 2022 ‒ the same as US Mother’s Day.

Does Uruguay celebrate Mother’s Day?

Yes, the people of Uruguay celebrate Mother’s Day, on the same day as the US ‒ Sunday, May 8, 2022.

When is Mexican Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day 2022 in Mexico will be celebrated on May 10 ‒ the same date each year.

Mexican Mother’s Day is, in some ways, similar to Mother’s Day in the US and UK, with gifts, family meals, and spending time with moms, but Día de las Madres sometimes also incorporates mariachi performances, just for the mamas.

What is the date for Mothers Day in Ghana?

Mother’s Day will be held in Ghana on the second Sunday of May, the same as the US.

Mother’s Day 2022 in Ghana will be on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Do they celebrate Mother’s Day in Italy?

Yes, La Festa della Mamma is celebrated in Italy each year, on the second Sunday of May, the same as Mother’s Day in the US.

While cards, gifts, and flowers are given to moms during La Festa della Mamma in Italy, it’s not quite as commercialized as it is in the UK and US.

What is Mother’s Day in Ireland?

Mother’s Day 2022 in Ireland was held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, and Mother’s Day 2023 will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Do the French celebrate Mother’s Day?

Yes, the people of France do celebrate Mother’s Day each year.

Mother’s Day 2022 in France will be on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Who celebrates Mother’s Day on May 10?

A few Latin American countries celebrate Mother’s Day 2022 on May 10: El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico.

What should I do for Mother’s Day 2022?

Keen to honor your mom in an extra-special way this Mother’s Day 2022?

Here are a few ideas of how you can pamper her like the queen she is:

  • Clean and tidy the house.
  • Go on a walk with your mom.
  • Have a home-cooked meal with your mom (cooked by you, of course!).
  • Play some family games.
  • Watch old home movies and look back at family photos.
  • Visit a botanical garden, if the weather is nice.

🌼 After more ideas? Check out our 50 Fun Things to Do on Mother’s Day 2022

How do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

There are a few ways in which we traditionally celebrate Mother’s Day each year:

  • Give mom a thoughtful Mother’s Day card.
  • Pick some fresh, bright flowers for mom.
  • Treat mom to breakfast in bed.
  • Give mom a meaningful Mother’s Day gift.

🌷 Dig deeper: 80 Thoughtful First Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

What does my mom want for Mother’s Day?

So, what are some thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts you can get your amazing mom for Mother’s Day 2022?

Here are a few of our Peanut mamas’ favorites:

  • Her favorite perfume. 🌹
  • Meaningful jewelry. 💍
  • Gift basket of her favorite foods. 🍫
  • A heartwarming or inspirational book. 📖
  • A photo frame with a sweet photo of your family. 🖼️
  • A DIY pottery kit. 🪴

💮 Need more gift ideas? Here are our 200+ Best Mother’s Day Gifts of 2022

What color roses are for mothers?

Here’s some Mother’s Day trivia for you: the traditional Mother’s Day rose color is pink.

This is because red roses are seen as romantic flowers, while pink symbolizes more familial love and appreciation.

However, roses aren’t the traditional flower for Mothering Sunday ‒ it’s the carnation on Mother’s Day.

There’s no specific color of carnation to get your mom for Mother’s Day 2022, although different colors of Mother’s Day carnations can represent different meanings:

  • Light pink carnations represent gratitude ‒ making them a favorite for Mother’s Day.
  • Dark pink carnations represent tenderness.
  • White carnations represent purity.
  • Dark red carnations represent affection.
  • Light red carnations represent admiration.
  • Purple carnations are usually given as an apology.
  • Yellow carnations represent disappointment ‒ so perhaps these are ones to avoid for Mother’s Day 2022!

Why do we celebrate Mothers Day?

So now we know a little more about the Mother’s Day background and the history of Mothering Sunday, why do we celebrate it?

Well, we celebrate Mother’s Day because our moms deserve recognition and celebration.

That’s all there is to it!

So wishing every mama a very happy Mother’s Day 2022, from all of us at Peanut!

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