Did you know that Mother's Day is not always celebrated the second Sunday in May? I mean, it is in the United States and many other countries around the world, but in some Latin American countries Mother's Day is celebrated on a completely different day.

Thanks to Facebook and my Spaniard friends, I just found out that in Spain, Mother's Day is celebrated the first Sunday in May. So lots of mothers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean already celebrated their day. ¡Felicidades! Hope you had happy one!

If you're Mexican, Guatemalan or Salvadoran, for example, you'll be celebrating Mother's Day on Thursday, May 10 because that's the day these three countries celebrate Mother's Day regardless of what day of the week it falls on.

Here is when Mother's Day is celebrated in other countries:

Paraguay: May 15 (also Día de la Patria)

Bolivia: May 27

Nicaragua: May 30

Dominican Republic: Last Sunday of May

Costa Rica: August 15 (also the Assumption of Mary)

Argentina: Third Sunday of October

Panama: December 8 (also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)

So if you're from any of these countries, but live in this country, does that mean you get to celebrate Mother's Day twice? If so, that's pretty sweet! I totally would if that were my case, but in Peru Mother's Day is also the second Sunday in May. 

For more fun info on when Mother's Day is celebrated around the world, check out this nifty map.

In the end, I guess it doesn't really matter on what day we celebrate Mother's Day because, like my father used to say, every single day should be Mother's Day. 

Do you celebrate Mother's Day the second Sunday in May or do you follow your own country's tradition? Let us know in the comment box below.

Image via LeeLilly/flickr

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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Well, I always tell my Mexican mother, Mother's day here in the states is celebrated the second Sunday of May. We aren't in Mexico any more so we'll have to celebrate on Sunday.
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Amiga...

I kinda of celebrate both days hehe the more the merrier.

sophi...

We only celebrate the second Sunday in May.   I think celebrating more than once would be a bit much  for me.

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