Various traditions offer love and respect to mothers around the world

Mothers take part in a special event with their children at a school in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, May 11, 2024. /CFP

Mothers take part in a special event with their children at a school in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, May 11, 2024. /CFP

Indian school children perform an arti puja for their mothers during an event to mark Mother’s Day at a school in Amritsar. /CFP

Indian school children perform an arti puja for their mothers during an event to mark Mother’s Day at a school in Amritsar. /CFP

Children kiss their mothers’ feet on the Mother’s Day in Jakarta, Indonesia. /CFP

Children kiss their mothers’ feet on the Mother’s Day in Jakarta, Indonesia. /CFP

Carnations are a popular choice during Mother’s Day at flower shops in Seoul, South Korea. /CFP

Carnations are a popular choice during Mother’s Day at flower shops in Seoul, South Korea. /CFP

Flowers, cards or gifts – what are you going to get your mom for Mother’s Day this year? Or maybe you have your own creative idea for this special day? Internationally, Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year with different traditions. 

In China, this year’s celebration falls on May 12. People buy daylilies, carnations and cakes for their mothers and enjoy a special dinner with the family. In Indonesia, children wash and kiss their mother’s feet to show their heartfelt gratitude and love. In Ethiopia, mothers are celebrated during Antrosht, a three-day festival held at the end of the rainy season in early autumn. Family members gather together to enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the special occasion with singing and dancing.