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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.

Is Mothers' Day a Public Holiday?

Mothers' Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 5, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Spain.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunMay 2Mothers' DayObservance 
2011SunMay 1Mothers' DayObservance 
2012SunMay 6Mothers' DayObservance 
2013SunMay 5Mothers' DayObservance 
2014SunMay 4Mothers' DayObservance 
2015SunMay 3Mothers' DayObservance 
2016SunMay 1Mothers' DayObservance 
2017SunMay 7Mothers' DayObservance 
2018SunMay 6Mothers' DayObservance 
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2020SunMay 3Mothers' DayObservance 

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