Mothering Sunday, Fête des Mères, Día de la Madre, Ziua Mamei – whatever you like to call it, Mother’s Day is a special event across the globe. Mothering Sunday takes place in March or early April in the UK, Ireland and Nigeria, but many other countries celebrate their mums in May. Here are 7 of the best!

Mexico

Mexico takes Mother’s Day very seriously indeed. It’s always on 10th May, whatever day of the week it happens to be, and it’s the busiest day of the year for restaurants, with some 200,000 extra waiters turning up for work! Flowers are an absolute must, and then it’s time for a full-on family feast, complete with mariachi bands and a few shots of tequila to get the party going.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in Mexico this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

Ecuador

In Ecuador, Mother’s Day celebrations kick off the night before – with a mobile serenade around the neighbourhood. At about 9pm on the Saturday evening, trucks of young men go door-to-door, guitars, mics and sound systems on board, to sing outside the houses of their beloved mums. Each grateful madre then hands them a glass of Canelazo – the local firewater – to help them on their way.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in Ecuador this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

France

Fête des Mères takes place on the last Sunday in May or first Sunday in June. The day was first proposed by Napoleon in 1806 – he wanted to reward mothers of large families (and start a baby boom) – but it didn’t take root until a century later, when mothers with the most kids were handed medals for their efforts. The modern Fête des Mères was founded in 1950 and involves all the usual – flowers, pampering and a long lunch.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in France this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

Brazil

Dia das Mães is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is a hugely popular day in Brazil – in fact, it’s only just behind Christmas in the commercial holiday stakes. Matriarchs are held in very high esteem here and on Dia das Mães the entire country spoils their mum rotten with gifts, flowers and a slap-up Sunday meal.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in Brazil this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

Ethiopia

Why limit the party to just one day? In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day comes at the end of the rainy season and is part of the three-day Antrosht festival. When the skies clear, Ethiopians make their way to the family home to celebrate with a large feast. And they don’t turn up empty-handed – daughters bring butter, vegetables, spices and cheese; sons are in charge of supplying the meat. The gifts are then cooked up into a hash for the whole family to share.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in Ethiopia this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

Philippines

According to a recent poll, the Philippines is “one of the most emotional countries in the world”. So it’s no surprise to hear that the cash tills in Manila and elsewhere ring loudly with orders for flowers, cards and chocolates in the run-up to the big celebration. As elsewhere, pampering is the order of the day with children in charge of culinary treats.

Fancy sending some money to your mum in the Philippines this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

Serbia

Serbia’s Mother’s Day celebrations are quirky, to say the least. For a start, they don’t actually take place until December. In the morning, the kids tiptoe into their parents’ room and gently tie up the mum (yes, really!). Release is on the condition that mum dishes out the required treats and gifts. Hardly a bunch of flowers and breakfast in bed!

Fancy sending some money to your mum in Serbia this Mother’s Day? Click here to visit Azimo’s dedicated country page and bring a special smile to her face!

What makes your mum so special? Please let us know in the comments below!