With all the questions about how many Mother’s May, Mothering Sunday, Women’s Day, etc are in a year, it’s about time we cleared the air on this, once and for all.
The first thing to know about this is that there is no such thing as International Mother’s day. Different countries celebrate mothers on different dates. While the United States and some other affiliate countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, the United Kingdom and its affiliates celebrate Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter. Those two events are celebrated the same way.
I’ve heard people say the celebration and dates differ according to Christian denomination. That is not true. Although Mothering Sunday started out as a Christian a holiday celebrated by the Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts of Europe, the Mother’s Day / Mothering Sunday we celebrate today is not determined by any Christian denomination.
On the other hand, there is the International Women’s Day which is the 8th of March. This event celebrates women all over the word, and this is done internationally, collectively. Unlike the Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday, this has one date, regardless of the country.
The confusion may be because some of us, Nigerians, celebrate Mother’s Day with every other country on their dates, which is probably why someone said Nigerians have celebrated 12 Mother’s Day already in 2017. But then again, we can never over-celebrate our lovely mothers. Can we? No!