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Mothers' Day in Spain

Mothers’ Day, known as Día de la Madre or Día de las Madres in Spanish, honors mothers and mother figures in Spain on the first Sunday in May. It's also celebrated in other countries.

Mother and daughter sit outdoors.
Mothers are appreciated on Mothers' Day, on the first Sunday in May, in Spain.

Celebrate Mothers' Day

Mothers and maternal figures receive gifts such as chocolates, flowers, cards, jewelry and clothes on Mothers’ Day. Some families dine out for a special meal, while others stay in and celebrate the day with traditional, home-made meals. Many children make hand-crafted presents and cards for their mothers.

Public Life

Mothers’ Day is not an official public holiday in Spain, but many retail businesses and restaurants may be particularly busy right before or on this day.

About Mothers' Day

Mothers’ Day pays tribute to the commitments and achievements that mothers make for their families. Many believe that the celebration stems from an ancient Greek festival honoring the goddess Rhea, mother of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. After that, the Romans emulated the Greeks and celebrated “Hilaria”, a festival in March that honored the goddess Cybele.

Early Christians celebrated a festival in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women in the United States – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. Mothers’ Day is now largely promoted by many businesses including card companies, florists, and department stores in various countries including Spain.

About Mothers' Day in other countries

Read more about Mothers' Day.

Mothers' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunMay 22010Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 12011Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 62012Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 52013Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 42014Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 32015Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 12016Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 72017Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 62018Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 52019Mothers' DayObservance 
SunMay 32020Mothers' DayObservance 

Quick Facts

One of Spain’s most popular and festive family occasions is Mothers’ Day on the first Sunday in May.

Mothers' Day 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mothers' Day 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Name in other languages

El Dia de la MadreSpanish
Mothers' DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in May 2017 in Spain

Fun Holiday on May 1, 2017

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