Happy month of May, dear Cherry Callers! I don’t know what the weather has been like near you but it’s been very reminiscent of ‘summer’ here over the last few days – do you remember what summer is?
“Robin, you’re beginning to sound like a Dad”
“And what exactly is that supposed to mean, Loretta?”
“You know, an embarrassing Dad. What you just said, it’s not funny you know”
“It wasn’t supposed to be. I was just saying that these days we don’t seem to have much ‘summery’ weather”
“Well why didn’t you just say that then?”
“Well why don’t you poke your nose out of my newsletter and concentrate on what you’re supposed to be doing… like making the tea for a start!”
Sorry about that, folks. What I wanted to say is this Sunday, the 8th, the second Sunday of May – call it what you will – is International Mother’s Day. Never heard of it? Don’t be alarmed, our UK Mother’s Day was back in March. This Mother’s Day is celebrated in 84 countries around the world, but unless you originate from another country or have friends or family overseas, chances are you wouldn’t know about this Mother’s Day.
“Here’s your tea Robin… and just to let you know, you’re waffling”.
*Stern glare, reluctant “Thank you”*
Kudos to Mrs Jarvis
So, I’ll keep it short, but back in 1908, a woman called Mrs Anna Jarvis introduced this second Mother’s Day in America, so as to keep it separate from the UK’s Mothering Sunday in March. In 1912 she created the ‘Mother’s Day International Association’; in 1914 it caught on and every year since it’s been celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
It’s not just acknowledged in the US though; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Botswana, Brunei, Brazil, Canada, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe will also celebrate Mother’s Day 2016 on the 8th May!
Did you know – Parent’s Day is celebrated on the same day in South Korea!
So for all of you peeps (see, I can get down with the younger generation!) who have a Mother in another country, you can still wish her a Happy Mother’s Day thanks to Cherry Call! It doesn’t matter whether she’s in Barbados, Denmark, Pakistan, Singapore, Ukraine or Zimbabwe, you can tell her how special she is over the phone!
If you’d like to save up to £1.48 per minute whilst talking to your mum, click here to find the international dialling code.