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Mother’s Day 2023: Here’s why it’s celebrated on different days in the UK and the US


Mother’s Day is a holiday dedicated to honoring passionate mothers around the world. This special day is celebrated once a year to show mothers how much they are loved and respected by the world and the dates change with each passing year. Since Mother’s Day is not an international holiday, each country can decide when they want to celebrate it. Although the one thing that unites every nation is that Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, here’s everything you need to know –

When is Mother’s Day 2023 in the United Kingdom?

This year, people across the UK will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 19th. Unlike Christmas and Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day falls on different dates in different countries due to some religious connotations. In the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday during the Christian feast of Lent. As the date of Lent changes every year, so does the date of Mother’s Day. The Christian feast of Lent is celebrated to honor all the loving mothers in the world. Mother’s Day comes three weeks before Easter, which falls on April 9th. Apart from the United Kingdom, Jersey, Ireland, Guernsey, and Nigeria also celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day as the United Kingdom.

Mother's Day (from: Daria Ubimaha/Pixels)

When is it celebrated in the United States?

This year, America’s Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14, 2023 with nearly 100 countries celebrating the occasion on the same day. This includes Europe, South America, Africa and so on. Mother’s Day in the United States is not associated with any religious aspect. It was founded in 1914 as a result of a campaign started by Anna Jarvis, an American woman whose mother died in May. Later, it was agreed that every second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day would be celebrated in the United States.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.