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

Origin and History of Mother's Day in China

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children” said William Makepeace Thackeray. Mother’s Day is observed on different dates all over the world. In China, Mother’s day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. The day has been recently considered as an important event by the people of this country. It was created by Anna Jarvis as a mark of respect to all mothers the family. The day is celebrated in various ways across the world.

Local name: Mothers Day

Ways to celeberate Mothers Day in China

Mother’s day has recently become popular in China. On this special occasion, Chinese buy carnation to surprise their moms. They represent the sweetness, purity and endurance of motherly love. They send text messages like ‘Happy Mother's Day’, ‘Love Mummy’ and ‘Sweet Love to Mum’ through the internet. Only sons and daughters below the age of 35 are allowed to celebrate Mother’s Day. Since this occasion is meant for younger generations, the day is not declared as an official holiday in the Chinese calendar. Although Mother’s day originated in the United States, Chinese have happily accepted the event as part of their traditions. On this special day parents receive utmost respect throughout the country. Schools and colleges arrange campaigns to raise funds to meet the needs of their mother. They also organize ceremonies in which Chinese mothers are honored with the title of “Most Exceptional Mothers in China”. Many projects are undertaken in impoverished states to help illiterate mothers across the country.