In Australia, Mother's Day is celebrated in much the same way as in the States but, there, it is common to wear a colored carnation if your mother is alive and a white one if she has passed.
Canada recognizes mothers with cards and flower, more than with gifts and dinner out.
France celebrates Mother's Day, too, by having a family dinner. Mother is presented with a cake made in the shape of, and decorated as, a flower bouquet. Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May.
Mother's Day in India is slowly catching on. Within 10 years, it has made big gains in popularity. It is rare for a foreign celebration to be so widely embraced in India, but Mother's Day is the exception.
Ireland celebrates Mother's Day during the pre-easter Lent season. It can be traced back to Medieval times when poor children were sent off to work as domestics in the homes of the rich. One day a year, and always during the lenten season, the children were allowed to visit their Mother Church and worship the Virgin Mary. After attending church in their local community, these children would then pay a visit to their mothers, stopping en route to pick a few wildflowers as a gift.
Mexico celebrated Mother's Day on May 10th of each year. Churches offer a special mass to celebrate mothers and the orchestra plays "las mañanitas" which actually means Happy Birthday. Tamales are enjoyed by everyone.
In Spain, Mothers are honored in December with special religious services that honor not only her, but the Virgin Mary, as well.
The celebration of mothers in the UK, began much earlier than it did in the US. In fact, the UK was the first country in the world to have this kind of celebration and it can be traced back to the 1600's. "Mothering Sunday" is celebrated with a rich almond cake that is now called the Mothering Cake or Simnel Cake.
Like most of you, I will go back home to spend the weekend with my mom. I plan on taking little Quigley out shopping for a gift basket of her favorite insects and bugs. Dad will try, as he always does, to prepare a nice meal on Sunday. It'll be a day of relaxing and pampering for my special mom...The World's Best Frog Mother!
If you are a mom, I salute you. It's often saud that being a mother is the toughest, and greatest, job in the world. And I believe that it is. Cheers to all of you!