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.
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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!