Mother's Day in Canada

When is Mother's Day in Canada?

Mother's Day in Canada is on May 12, 2024. It falls on Sunday.

How many days until Mother's Day in Canada?

There are 158 Days left until Mother's Day in Canada.

Is Mother's Day a public holiday in Canada?

Mother’s Day is celebrated in Canada every second Sunday of May each year. Though it is not declared as a public holiday, many Canadians take this day to celebrate and honor motherhood. Since Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, schools, and government offices are closed. Regarding business establishments, most shops and restaurants follow their regular Sunday opening and closing hours.

Mother's Day Origin

Mother’s Day is celebrated by many countries around the world, though the date of observance may vary. Most of these countries, including Canada, typically observe Mother’s Day on the month of May.

When was Mother’s Day first celebrated?

The first recorded celebration of Mother’s Day can be traced in year 1908. It originated in the United States of America, the neighboring country of Canada.

Who founded Mother's Day?

Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Marie Jarvis who wanted to honor her deceased mother. She campaigned for a day where mothers will have a special day of their own – where they would be honored, acknowledged, and appreciated. On the mentioned year, 1908, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, USA. This event marked the first ever modern celebration of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day first became an official holiday in West Virginia on 1910, held on the second Sunday of May. After four years, United States then President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day as an official holiday in the US. In 1915, this day also became an official holiday in Canada and Canadians had since then celebrated this special day. Although Mother’s Day is no longer a public holiday at present, it is still an important celebration observed in Canada each year.

Mother's Day Traditions

Mothers play an important role in the family and the society as a whole. Therefore, on Mother’s Day, mothers, and all mother figures like stepmothers, foster mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and aunts should be treated with something special. In Canada, this day is one of the most special occasions held on a yearly basis, however, its way of celebration may vary according to each family’s customary practices.

Spending quality time with family

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to honor motherhood. This day celebrates the contributions of all mothers or mother figures in one’s life. This occasion is special for Canadians and usually, this day wouldn’t end without them expressing their love for their mothers. This is the best day to get together with family members, so, most Canadians often spend this day with the company of their loved ones. Those who are far from home may give their mothers a call on this day.

Many Canadians usually treat their mothers to a special lunch or dinner outside, thus, restaurants tend to get crowded during the occasion. Some may treat their mothers to movies in cinemas, go shopping, enjoy a short trip, or others. It should be noted that regardless of how Mother’s Day is celebrated, all memories made during its celebration will be treasured just the same.

Gifts usually given to mothers/mother figures on Mother's Day

During Mother’s Day in Canada, most Mothers need not do anything for the whole day since the household chores and all other activities at home are typically done by the children and their dads. The day is given for the moms to have a rest and enjoy themselves. Preparing a breakfast in bed is also a traditional practice for some Canadian families. It’s a good way to start the celebration of Mother’s Day.

Giving gifts

There are a lot of ways for us to show our appreciation and gratitude towards our mothers or mother figures, and giving gifts is one of them. On Mother’s Day, it has become a traditional practice for most Canadians to hand out special gifts towards their moms or mother figures. Flowers (usually carnations), along with boxes of chocolates, are the most common gifts given. Some Canadians may hand out greeting cards and handmade gifts in an effort to better appreciate their mothers. Others may also give new dresses, bags, shoes, or even jewelries for their moms. Additionally, Canadian children often make poems in a form of cards, or simple letters to express their gratitude for their mom’s love, efforts, and support on this day.

Dates of Observance for Mother's Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2024 May 12 Sunday Mother's Day
2025 May 11 Sunday Mother's Day
2026 May 10 Sunday Mother's Day
2027 May 09 Sunday Mother's Day
2028 May 14 Sunday Mother's Day
2029 May 13 Sunday Mother's Day
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