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

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates in various ways throughout the world. The idea of honoring mothers on Mother’s 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 Mother’s 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

Mother’s 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 Father’s land (Vaterland). The medal was nicknamed as ‘Karnickelorden’ which means ‘Order of the Rabbit’. After the end of the war Mother’s 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 mother’s 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.