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.
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.
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 countriesRead more about Mothers' Day.
Mothers' Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Sun||May 2||2010||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 1||2011||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 6||2012||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 5||2013||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 4||2014||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 3||2015||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 1||2016||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 7||2017||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 6||2018||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 5||2019||Mothers' Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 3||2020||Mothers' Day||Observance|
Quick FactsOne of Spain’s most popular and festive family occasions is Mothers’ Day on the first Sunday in May.
Mothers' Day 2016Sunday, May 1, 2016
Mothers' Day 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017
Name in other languages
|El Dia de la Madre||Spanish|
- San Jose – Saturday, March 19, 2016
Other holidays in May 2016 in Spain
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Labor Day observed – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Feast Day of St Isidore – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- Galicia Literature Day – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
- Corpus Christi – Thursday, May 26, 2016
- Day of the Canary Islands – Monday, May 30, 2016
- Canaries day observed – Tuesday, May 31, 2016