Read about the origin, history and celebration of Mother's Day (Muttertag) in Germany.
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Mother's Day in Germany

Origin and History of Mother's Day in Germany

Motherís Day is celebrated on different dates in various ways throughout the world. The idea of honoring mothers on Motherís day was introduced by the Greeks who used to honor Rhea, the mother of Zeus. Today this festivity is observed with great fervor across the globe. It is a day meant to honor mothers and motherhood. In Germany Motherís day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. This date is also known as Mutterstag in German language. The day was first celebrated in the year 1922. On this special occasion, kids give lovely bouquets to their moms.

Local name: Muttertag

Ways to celeberate Muttertag in Germany

Motherís Day is observed with great pomp and gaiety. The day is meant to express love and gratitude. The event was declared an official German holiday in the year 1933. Until World War II, there was a tradition of honoring mothers with bronze, silver, and gold medals for producing children for the Fatherís land (Vaterland). The medal was nicknamed as ĎKarnickelordení which means ĎOrder of the Rabbití. After the end of the war Motherís day became a more unofficial event. Germans started gifting cards and flowers on this special occasion. It is observed on the second Sunday of May every year. Children gift elegant motherís day cards, small souvenirs, presents and unexpected surprises to make her feel special. Family members try to be together on this special day. Hence they plan for a wonderful meal and give her a break from kitchen work.