by Brenda Hopkins
Mother's Day celebrations were very prevalent in Japan until WWII when all western customs were banned. When the war ended the holiday was once again taken up but now it was a way to comfort mother who had lost children in the war. This holiday was celebrated every four years with children drawing pictures of their mothers, the very best would tour throughout Japan. Today they have once again taken up the western holiday and mothers are prepared dishes that they have taught their children to prepare as well as being given flowers, scarves and handbags.
In Yugoslavia there is a three-day celebration to honour the family starting with children's day. During Children's Day the children are tied up and not released until they promise to be good. The next to be celebrated is Mother's Day she is also bound until she gives the family candy and treats. The last in the three-day celebration is Father's Day the father is also tied up and must promise to buy the family gifts; these gifts are used to celebrate Christmas which is the next day.
While the United States' version of Mother's Day is the most widely recognized, most give gifts of flowers and cards. Treating mother's special on this day, some countries still relate Mother's Day to a more religious importance. Such as in Spain where Mother's Day is directly tied to the Virgin Mary and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Where ever you are in the world celebrating your mother is important no matter how you do it.