Unusual Mother's Day rituals around the world

Cards, flowers, restaurants aren't enough to celebrate moms in these nations

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Most of the world seems to have a traditional way of celebrating Mother’s Day and making sure mothers everywhere feel loved and get the praise they deserve.

But look hard enough around the world, and you’ll find a few traditions surrounding Mother’s Day that don't have anything to do with flowers, cards or brunches. 

Mexico’s song

Much like singing “Happy Birthday” when a birthday is celebrated, people in Mexico each Mother’s Day (held May 10 every year) sing moms everywhere a song called “Las Mananitas.”

The English translation goes like this: 

These are little mornings
That King David used to sing
And on the day of your Saint
We sing them to you.
Wake up, my dear, wake up!
Look, it’s already dawning,
The little birds are already singing
The moon has gone away.

Sweden’s vacation fundraising

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May in Sweden, and many children sell small plastic flowers as gifts. 


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