Mother’s Day is celebrated many ways across the world, from taking a pilgrimage to a sacred pond in Nepal to breakfast in bed for Belgian moms. The day is also one that holds many different meanings and associations.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in Bolivia as the day women fought and died for the country’s independence in 1812. According to a local publication Los Tiempos it is celebrated on May 27, which commemorates the Battle of La Coronilla in 1812.
Over in France, Mother’s Day is a day to promote large families and boost the low birth rate. France awards large families with the Médaille de la Famille Française: Parents with four to five children get bronze medals, parents with six to seven children get silver medals, and parents with eight or more get gold medals.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 22 in Indonesia on the anniversary of the first Indonesia Women’s Day Congress held in 1928. Thailand celebrates Mother’s Day by honoring the royal family and patriotism. It is celebrated on Queens Sirikit’s birthday on August 12. Father’s Day is also celebrated on the King’s birthday.
Persons in Nepal take a traditional pilgrimage to honor mothers who have died. Mata Tirtha Puja, which means “Mother Pilgrimage New Moon,” takes place on May 9 2013 although it varies from year to year, following the lunar calendar.