Happy Mother’s Day, 2019!

What is Mother’s Day? Well, Mother’s Day is a celebration meant to honor mothers and celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is also one of those holidays that is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. It complements Father’s Day, the celebration honoring fathers.

As a Romanian, I only recently found out that in most countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Most East European countries (including Romania) celebrate or used to celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8th. This date marked Mother’s Day as well as Women’s Day in Romania since the time of the communist period. The date was changed to the 5th of May this year.

However, in the USA, Canada, some European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa, it is celebrated on the 12th of May. Notable exceptions to this rule are the UK and Ireland, which celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21st (vernal equinox). For a complete overview of the dates of Mother’s Day around the world see Mother’s Day on Wikipedia.

Therefore, Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere for all the days of the year! May you be blessed by God and cherished by your children!

Happy International Women’s Day

On March 8, 1977, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming the need for each member State to celebrate, in accordance with its historical and national traditions, a UN Women’s rights day. At present, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 almost everywhere in the world, and in some countries it is even considered a legal holiday.

In Romania, Women’s Day is also called Mother’s Day (even if Mother’s Day is a different celebration under the law, being celebrated on the first Sunday of May). Nevertheless; in Romania, as in all the other ex-communist countries, Women’s / Mother’s Days remains an important celebration, honouring women/mothers.

This celebration gives men the opportunity of express their appreciation for their mothers, wives or colleagues; they offer them flowers, whereas children offer their mothers cards containing their most affectionate wishes. (source)

According to https://www.internationalwomensday.com, in an attempt to help forge a more gender-balanced world, this year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter . If you want to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality, check out the website and get involved.

Happy International Women’s Day to everyone! 😀