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.
Is Mothers' Day a Public Holiday?
Mothers' Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 7, 2023 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours 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.
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.