International Mother's Day [14th May 2023]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 6, 2023, 6:26

In India, International Mother's Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. In 2023, it will be observed on 14th May. A mother is a central figure in a child's life, whose place cannot be substituted by any other relation. International Mother's Day honors every mother and celebrates the spirit of motherhood and maternal bond.

Mother's Day is celebrated in various parts of the world, including India, the USA, Canada, Europe, China, Australia, Japan, etc. Know more about the tradition of this day and its significance here.

Mother's Day 2023

International Mother's Day is celebrated around the world, but the celebrations differ from place to place. In India, this day is reserved to express love and gratitude towards mothers through gifts and other tokens of appreciation. Mother's Day highlights the efforts of mothers around the world and makes them feel valued.

Many people cherish this day by taking their mothers out for lunch or dinner, while others choose to spend quality time with their mothers at home. World Mother's Day is a great occasion to go the extra mile to show your mother how much you appreciate her. Here is an overview of the day:

Event Name

International Mother’s Day


Second Sunday in May (In India)




To honor, and express gratitude towards mothers.

World Mothers Day Date

In India, Mother's Day is observed on the Second Sunday in May. But many other countries around the world celebrate this day on a different date. Here is a list of some countries and the date on which they celebrate World Mother's Day:


World Mothers Day Date

USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa.

Second Sunday in May

UK and Ireland

Fourth Sunday in Lent

French-speaking countries

Last Sunday in May

East European countries

8th March

Arab countries

21st March

International Mother's Day Theme 2023

On Mother's Day, no particular theme is announced for the celebrations. Rather, the focus is on celebrating motherhood and honoring mothers globally. The idea theme for this international day is to acknowledge the idea of motherhood. Some of the past themes of International Mother's Day are 'Every mother knows', 'Heart of the mother', 'Love of the mother', and 'touch of the mother.' Since there is no official theme for World Mother's Day, people celebrate this day the way they want.

History of Mother's Day

The history of International Mother's Day goes back to the US, where a woman named Anna Jarvis desired the day to be commemorated because of her mother's wish. After her demise, a memorial was held for her at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in West Virginia. Jarvis's way of honouring her mother eventually got picked up by people worldwide to commemorate the day as International Mother's Day.

Gradually, the idea of Mother's Day struck a chord with people, and this day began to be celebrated globally. In different parts of the world, World Mother's Day is celebrated to honor motherhood and acknowledge the love and efforts of mothers.

Why Is World Mother's Day Celebrated?

The idea behind celebrating World Mother's Day is to honour the selfless love of mothers. As the popular belief goes, mothers often do not get enough credit for all the love and sacrifice that they make. Their never-ending contribution to their families in terms of love and care makes them worthy of acknowledgement and a special mention.

Therefore, International Mother's Day is a unique and friendly way to remember the spirit of motherhood and to acknowledge every motherly figure in our lives. On this day, people express their gratitude for their mothers in different ways.

Considering the challenging job of a mother, from raising a child to imparting good values to them, Mother's day is a time to celebrate the unending love of mothers towards their children. So, this occasion celebrates the sacred bond that mothers share with their children.

How to Celebrate International Mother's Day?

World Mother's Day is a humble recognition of all the love, and care mothers show towards their children. It is an exciting and fantastic opportunity for people to tell their mothers how much they are loved and appreciated. Some common ways to celebrate Mother's Day include the following:

  • Buying gifts for your mother or doing something special for your mother.
  • Expressing your affection for them through gifts or participating in chores.
  • In some cultures, mothers are relieved of their regular family duties for that day while the family tends to them in her place.

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FAQs on International Mother's Day

Q1. What is the World Mothers Day date?

World Mothers Day date differs from country to country. International Mother's Day is celebrated in 40+ countries and most of them celebrate the day on the Second Sunday in May. On the other hand, Arab countries celebrate it on the 21st March and UK, and Ireland celebrate it on the Fourth Sunday in May.

Q2. When will International Mother's Day 2023 be celebrated?

In India, International Mother's Day will be celebrated on the Second Sunday in May, i.e., 14th May. The date for this occasion will differ from country to country. Mother's Day is celebrated to show gratitude and respect towards mothers and motherhood.

Q3. How was International Mother's Day established?

Anna Jarvis is believed to be the person behind International Mother's Day. A memorial was held for her in Circa in 1908, almost three years after her death. Her telegram inviting all the attendees explained the significance of the day.

Q4. Do all countries celebrate International Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May?

While a majority of countries such as India, Australia, Canada, and Turkey, among others, celebrate International Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, many other countries have chosen other days to mark the celebration.

Q5. How can we celebrate Mother's Day?

Mother's Day is a special occasion to express gratitude towards mothers. To celebrate this day, you can take your mother out for lunch or dinner, give her gifts, or simply spend some quality time with her at home.