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May 1 is Mother’s Day or Thea de la Matre in Spain

MADRID – Spanish mothers will lovingly celebrate Mother’s Day or Thea de la Madre on Sunday, May 1 (2022). In Spain Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday in May, for example, in the Netherlands and Belgium Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, with the exception of Antwerp.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in memory of Father’s Day (March 19 in Spain) just like Father’s Day. Mother’s Day is celebrated in families. She usually gets breakfast and gifts in bed, and she is exempt from housework (a little old-fashioned but still).


Mother worship is a much older tradition than modern Mother’s Day and goes back to Thai worship in traditional Greece. Formal mother worship with rituals for Sibele or Rhea, the great mother of the gods, was practiced throughout Asia Minor on the Idis (15th day) of March. The Catholic Church has a long tradition of worshiping Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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The holiday has spread from the United States to other parts of the Western world in its current form. The tradition in the Netherlands and Belgium began in 1925 and in Spain in 1965, although this day has not been officially announced by the authorities in Spain and is only a popular and business day.

All over the world

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world and on the same day in Spain, people in Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal and Romania also celebrate. The first Mother’s Day of the year is the second Sunday in February in Norway, followed by Mother’s Day in Israel from January 30 to March 1. Mother’s Day is on March 3, March 8, the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 21, March 25, April 7, the first Sunday in May, May 8 and May 10.

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Together with the Netherlands and Belgium (excluding Antwerp), the following countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May: Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guinea , Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ecuador, Estonia, Philippines, Finland, Ghana, Grenada, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Croatia, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Austria, Pakistan, Peru Ricoh, Singapore, Slovakia, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Czech Republic, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Switzerland. (See all dates and countries Here

Antwerp is different

American Mother’s Day is still unknown when the liberal-minded Antwerp artist and alderman Franz von Quick introduced Mother’s Day on August 15, 1913, the feast day of Mary (her Lady of Ascension), the city’s patron since 1124. . The day of the Great Marianne procession. According to the Antwerp Aldermans, the social order was completely disrupted by radical modernization at the turn of the century. His remedy: to restore and nurture the dignity of the family.

According to Van Quick, everything should be done to visualize the role of the mother in the family and community. A special day seemed like a great technique to him. Van Quick mobilized local newspapers and schools, published a screenplay and formed a campaign team. The children and father had to surprise mom with decorations, occasional verses, flowers, special sandwiches and jewelry.