Mother's Day in France
Celebrate Mothers' Day
Typical Mothers’ Day presents include flowers, cakes, and chocolates, as well as handmade gifts and handwritten poems. Some families have special dinners either at home or at a restaurant to celebrate the day.
A special family medal, known as the Médaille de la Famille is traditionally given to some parents, including those who have raised several children and some parents whose spouses have been killed. The holiday is also celebrated in other countries worldwide.
Mothers’ Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in France.
About Mothers' Day
The origins of Mothers’ Day in France are believed to have stemmed from the Napoleonic era. In 1806, the French emperor announced a special day to recognize mothers of large families. This celebration was revived after World War I for some time. In 1950 a special law was created to dedicate Mothers’ Day as an official tribute to mothers.
About Mother's Day in other countriesRead more about Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Observances
|Sun||May 30||2010||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 29||2011||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Thu||Jun 7||2012||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 26||2013||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 25||2014||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 31||2015||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 29||2016||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 28||2017||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 27||2018||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 26||2019||Mother's Day||Observance|
Quick FactsMothers and mother figures are honored with cards, gifts and other acts of kindness on Mothers’ Day in France.
Mother's Day 2016Sunday, May 29, 2016
Mother's Day 2017Sunday, May 28, 2017
Name in other languages
|Fête des Mères||French|
- Father's Day – Sunday, June 19, 2016
Other holidays in May 2016 in France
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- WWII Victory Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Whit Sunday – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016