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US celebrates Mother’s Day today, other countries have different dates

US celebrates Mother’s Day today, other countries have different dates

Mother’s Day was March 27 in the UK, but over in the US they are celebrate it on the second Sunday in May, which is today. The different dates can be confusing and this is why its unique for each country.

Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times all around the world

The different dates over the world has led to more than a few people thinking they’ve left their poor old mum disappointed this year without a gift.

Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama, Mother’s Day, US, other countries, different dates
Quotations from Tupac Shakur’s ‘Dear Mama’

Thankfully, in the UK Mother’s Day was on March 29 but over in the US millions are celebrating today, May 8.

The USA isn’t the only country to celebrate it on a unique date, as most participating countries also have their own Mother’s Days spread across the year.

Here is everything you need to know about Mother’s Day around the world.

Why is Mother’s Day on a different date in other countries?

Tupac Shakur, Dear Mama, Mother’s Day, US, other countries, different dates
Another touching quotation from Tupac Shaku’s track ‘Dear Mama’.

As Mother’s Day isn’t an international holiday, individual countries can choose when they want to celebrate it.

The only thing every country has in common is the fact that Mother’s Day is celebrated on a Sunday.

The holiday itself is technically known as Mothering Sunday and its roots originate with 16th century Christians.

It was a day used to encourage Christians to visit their “mother church”, a term depicting the Christian Church as a mother in her functions of nourishing and protecting the believer.

Over the centuries, the religious aspect of the date has been swept away for a secular one emphasising individual’s actual mother, not their local church.

However, in some countries, the holiday is based on the seasons or time of the year, rather than relating to a religious aspect in general.

In Middle Eastern countries, its roots date back to Egypt in 1956 and is now celebrated on the first day of Spring.

In China, the date takes place on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, often falling on the second Sunday of May.

They use Mother’s Day as a date to help poor mothers and to remind the people of mums in rural areas.

Dear Mama by Tupac Amaru Shakur
You are appreciated
When I was young, me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old, kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time I never thought I’d see her face
Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place
Suspended from school, and scared to go home, I was a fool
With the big boys breakin’ all the rules
I shed tears with my baby sister, over the years
We was poorer than the other little kids
And even though we had different daddies, the same drama
When things went wrong we’d blame Mama
I reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell
Huggin’ on my mama from a jail cell
And who’d think in elementary, hey
I’d see the penitentiary one day?
And runnin’ from the police, that’s right
Mama catch me, put a whoopin’ to my backside
And even as a crack fiend, Mama
You always was a black queen, Mama
I finally understand
For a woman it ain’t easy tryin’ to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how you did it
There’s no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated
Lady, don’t you know we love you? (Dear Mama)
Sweet lady, place no one above you (You are appreciated)
Sweet lady, don’t you know we love you?
Now, ain’t nobody tell us it was fair
No love from my daddy, ’cause the coward wasn’t there
He passed away and I didn’t cry, ’cause my anger
Wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger
They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless, but all along
I was lookin’ for a father, he was gone
I hung around with the thugs
And even though they sold drugs
They showed a young brother love
I moved out and started really hangin’
I needed money of my own, so I started slangin’
I ain’t guilty, ’cause even though I sell rocks
It feels good puttin’ money in your mailbox
I love payin’ rent when the rent’s due
I hope you got the diamond necklace that I sent to you
‘Cause when I was low you was there for me
And never left me alone, because you cared for me
And I could see you comin’ home after work late
You’re in the kitchen, tryin’ to fix us a hot plate
You just workin’ with the scraps you was given
And Mama made miracles every Thanksgivin’
But now the road got rough, you’re alone
You’re tryin’ to raise two bad kids on your own
And there’s no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated
Lady, don’t you know we love you? (And dear Mama)
Sweet lady, place no one above you (You are appreciated)
Sweet lady, don’t you know we love you?
Pour out some liquor and I reminisce
‘Cause through the drama I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I’m hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act crazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away
If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day
Everything will be alright if you hold on
It’s a struggle every day, gotta roll on
And there’s no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated
Lady, don’t you know we love you? (Dear Mama)
Sweet lady, place no one above you? (You are appreciated)
Sweet lady, don’t you know we love you? (Dear Mama)
Sweet lady
Lady (Dear Mama)
Lady, lady

 

 

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