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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2025 and 2026

Most people in South Africa observe Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May despite that fact that it is not an official holiday here. South Africans place a high value on motherhood and on family life in general, and that tends to make Mother’s Day a fairly big event for many South Africans.

202511 MaySunMother's Day
202610 MaySunMother's Day
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It is traditional for mothers to wear either a red or pink carnation, while someone else may wear a white carnation for a mother who has passed away. Younger kids usually make homemade gifts for Mum, while older children tend to buy a gift, flower, or card at a store.

The idea of Mother’s Day began in the USA in 1872 as the brainchild of Julia Ward Howe. It was originally associated with a pacifist movement, but over the years, it took on its modern look and feel and spread the world over!

Previous Years

202412 MaySunMother's Day
202314 MaySunMother's Day