Celebrating Mother’s Day Across Latin America

BY: 
Nuestro Stories Staff
 | May 1, 2024

As May unfolds, more than 50 countries around the globe prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, a time-honored tradition dedicated to honoring the remarkable women who shape our lives.

It’s that time when Mami is showered with flowers, candy, and other gifts her heart desires. And, while it’s not part of Latin America, Spain kicks off Mother’s Day celebrations in the Spanish-speaking world every year on the first Sunday of May. 

Luckily, throughout Latin America, and in the United States, millions still have time to shop for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. 

“Like in the US, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Honduras also celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday of May …”Latin Post explains. “On the other hand, Paraguay celebrates it on May 15, the same day when the country also celebrates its Independence Day.”

Actually, did you know that, in certain Latin American countries, May isn’t the designated month for Mother’s Day? And that some Mother’s Day traditions themselves are religious or patriotic, depending on the country?

On this first day of May, we’re looking at Mother’s Day traditions across Latin America, from Mexico’s dual celebration of mothers and Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Bolivia’s tribute to the courageous women of its history, and more. 

Mother’s Day Traditions Across Latin America

Here are the variety of Mother’s Day traditions across Latin America.

Mexico: Honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

While Mexico celebrates moms on Mother’s Day this month, on May 10, it’s also a date with historical significance. People honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, recognized as Mexico’s spiritual mother, through special Masses and prayers. Families gather for festive meals, and children often present handmade cards and gifts to their mothers.

Bolivia: Remembering Women of Valor

Bolivia also celebrates the holiday in May, but this country’s Mother’s Day falls on May 27. And it’s a day to commemorate the courageous women who fought for Bolivian freedom. Families also honor all mothers, visiting cemeteries to pay respect to deceased mothers.

Dominican Republic: Enjoying Family

In the Dominican Republic, Mother’s Day falls on the last Sunday of May every year.  And it isn’t just about celebrating mothers, it’s a family affair. 

“It’s common for the entire extended family to meet and celebrate mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers!” Remitly writes. “Together, families eat, dance, drink, listen to music, and just have an all around good time.”

Costa Rica: Saluting Mothers

Costa Rica celebrates Mother’s Day on August 15. “When Mother’s Day rolls around each August in Costa Rica, citizens strive to make the day uniquely special for the maternal figures in their lives,” Tico’s Travel blog writes. “Festive traditions, tasty food, thoughtful gifts and quality time spent with loved ones make this a revered day to recognize just how cherished mothers are.”

Argentina: Celebrating the Virgin Mary

Argentina’s holiday is every third Sunday of October. “Like in Panama, Mother’s Day in Argentina also celebrates the Virgin Mary. However, it is also a bit commercialized as mothers are given gifts and treated to expensive dinners,” Latin Post writes.

Panama: Reflecting on Motherhood
In Panama, Mother’s Day coincides with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. The celebration is more religious than commercial, emphasizing spiritual aspects. Families attend church services and spend quality time together, reflecting on the importance of motherhood.

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