MOTHER'S DAY - 1st MAY - SPAIN

Free ClipartOne of the favourite holidays in Spain is "el día de la madre" or Mother’s day.
Every year, this special holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday in May. This is a day to pay a tribute to mothers all over Spain who in return usually receive gifts from their children.

All over the world, Mother's Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and little "I Love You" notes. Although the exact history of this special day is unknown, it is claimed that it emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. In those days, however, it was Rhea, the Mother of the gods that was given honour. In Spain, Mother’s day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May and is a very special family holiday. It provides children and adults throughout Spain with the opportunity to make their mother the centre of attention, and give her gifts and treats. It’s not surprising that this celebration takes place in May as it is the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Jesus´ Mother.
Traditionally, children in Spain spend days drawing a card and practising a poem as a surprise for their mothers. Shops also sell chocolates, flowers and other Mother's Day presents, but many children make their own presents to show their mothers how much they appreciate everything they do for them. It is treated more like a family birthday. Everyone in the family gathers for a special meal either at home or in a restaurant. Sometimes the best way to celebrate Mother's Day is to spend some time just with her.
Remember to wish your mom a Happy Mother's Day in Spanish on the first Sunday in May and say, "Feliz día de la Madre!"
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