Monday, April 13, 2009

Mother's Day in Mexico is Always May 10th

It's not on the second Sunday of May; it's not always on a Sunday, even. In Mexico, Mother's Day is always celebrated on May 10th.

This is something Rebecca Lambert over at Bustos Media reminded me about. It's not in every Spanish-speaking country, but remember that about three-quarters of our Hispanic population is of Mexican descent. Definitely an item for your planning calendars!

Mother's Day in Mexico is celebrated by children honoring their mothers; sons and daughters stay home on the eve of Mother's Day. The actual day is celebrated with gusto as churches in Mexico organize special mass. The highlight are the orchestra, which plays "las mañanitas," and distributing tamales and atole, the traditional early-morning meal, to all local moms.

Just like in the United States' culture, people in Mexico give flowers, cards, and gifts to their mothers. Younger children make handmade gifts for their moms. Schools will organize Mother's Day events at which little ones present entertaining skits and songs to express their gratitude for their mothers.

In the Seattle area, we're celebrating Mother's Day this year at the Puyallup Spring Fair. Huh?

This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Puyallup Spring Fair is actually on the day both the U.S. and Mexico celebrate Mother's Day. (The days coincide this year.) El diez de mayo.

Rebecca noted that sponsorships are still available for the big event, which has lined up three headliners and three local bands. Plus a variety of Latin foods and other fun stuff!

Closing date for sponsorship is the last day of this month!


  1. Thank you Lauri Jordana for sharing Mexico Mothers day information.Wish you n all a joyful Mom's day ahead.

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  2. Hi Laurie,

    Thanks so much for your shout out for Cinco de Mayo and the information on Mother's day, I need to correct you on the location. While Bustos will be at the Fair this weekend. Cinco De Mayo will be held at the B&I shopping Center on South Tacoma Way on May 10th from 12 noon to 7pm.

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