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Mother's Day in Latin America

This Sunday, May 8, is Mother's Day in the United States. But it is not the same in all Hispanic countries. Mothers are honored in each Spanish-speaking country, and in many cases they are celebrated in May, there are a variety of dates on which Mother's Day falls throughout the Americas.

Gala Dinner to Celebrate Hero Mothers with the Latin American Alliance at Eden Resort & Suites, May 2021. Photo by Sollivan Photography

There are several Latin American countries that celebrate Mother's Day on the same day it is celebrated in the United States, the second Sunday in May: Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Honduras.

However, the second Sunday is not the only date in May when Mother's Day is celebrated: May 10 is the traditional date to honor mothers in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize, while May 15 May is the date of Mother's Day in Paraguay, the day on which the nation also celebrates its Independence Day.

Miss Hispanidad 2019-2020, Nelián Cruz, with her family at the Latin American Alliance Mothers Heroines event in May 2021. Photo by Sollivan Photography

The other countries that celebrate Mother's Day in May are Bolivia (May 27) and Nicaragua (May 30), and the Dominican Republic and Haiti which celebrate Mother's Day on the last Sunday of May. On the other hand, in Spain, Mother's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

However, there are several countries that do not celebrate Mother's Day in the month of May. These include Costa Rica (August 15), Argentina (third Sunday in October), and Panama (December 8).

Although Mother's Day is celebrated on different dates in Latin American countries, one thing that remains the same is the importance of the mother in Latino families. The Latin American Alliance has celebrated this part of the Latin culture with an event to celebrate the hero mothers of our Lancaster, PA community. Read more about the event here.

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