In New Zealand Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
In 2021 Mother’s Day in NZ is on Sunday 9th May.
Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate all the mums and mother figures in our lives. It’s an occasion to show your love and appreciation for everything your mum has done for you, from taking you to all those sports practices, to cooking and doing you laundry and being there for you no matter what. Mums really play an important role in our lives and do so much for their children.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for everything your mum has sacrificed. This special Mother's Day occasion gives us an excuse to express our gratitude, spoil her and thank her. When was the last time mum had the chance to be pampered, exhilarated, enthralled, overjoyed, or just sit back with a big happy smile on her face? This day is our day to give back to her - you know she deserves it!
Past and future Mother's Day in NZ dates
- 2016 - 8 May
- 2017 - 14 May
- 2018 - 13 May
- 2019 - 12 May
- 2020 - 10 May
- 2021 - 9 May
- 2022 - 8 May
- 2023 - 14 May
- 2024 - 12 May
- 2025 - 11 May
- 2026 - 10 May
History of Mother’s Day
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Mothering Sunday was once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. This celebration was held on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally a time when people returned to their “mother church”, the main church in the vicinity of their home, for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would give their mums flowers or other gifts of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s, which has turned into the Mother's Day in NZ we know today.
Did you know more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year? These calls to mum often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37%.
Traditional Mothers Day gifts
Traditionally in the UK on 'Mothering Sunday' gifts of flowers and simnel cake were given to mums. More modern gift-giving includes things like perfume, clothes, chocolates and jewellery, or when we're younger, gifts like finger painted cards.
But, the most popular Mother's Day gift is the greeting card. Around the world on Mother's Day there are approximately 152 million Mother's Day cards sent. People don't just buy one card. The average person gives 2.8 Mother’s Day cards, so most people are buying more than just one for their mum. Lots of people are also purchasing Mother's Day cards for their mother-in-law, grandmothers, sisters and other mother-figures in their lives.
And did you know on average, people spend $139 on Father’s Day compared to $195 on Mother’s Day. Sorry, Dads...
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