About Arabic Mother's Day

Some relationships are near to our heart and rank above all other bonds. One such beautiful relationship is the connection between a mother and child. Motherly love is valued as the most unconditional form of love. From raising a child right to supporting them throughout life, there is no retiring age for the role of a mother. To acknowledge the beauty of this bond, people celebrate Mother's Day. Arabic Mother's Day is celebrated on 21st March, every year across the Middle East. While the Arab world celebrates motherhood on 21st March, various other countries follow a different date to celebrate Mother's Day. Arabic Mother's Day is a heartwarming occasion offering an opportunity to celebrate the unconditional love of a mother through various activities. Mother's Day in the UAE also marks the onset of the spring season. It is celebrated with great fervour, and mothers are serenaded with thoughtful presents. Gifting comes across as one of the oldest and the most common Mother's Day traditions. The most-selling gifts for Mother's Day are flowers, cakes, sweets, personalised gifts, and greeting cards. It is also the second biggest card-giving occasion around the world. You can simply surprise your mother by spending quality time with her and giving her sweet gifts.

Origin of Arabic Mother's Day

While the Arab world celebrates Mother's Day on 21st March, other countries celebrate the same occasion on different dates. The variation in dates also comes with a unique history of Mother's Day in different regions. The history of Arabic Mother's Day dates back to the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt. The ancient Pharaonic queen in Egypt was the symbol of motherhood, and they celebrated the love of a mother in the form of various carvings and drawings on the temples. The idea of celebrating motherhood was asserted by the Egyptian journalist, Mostafa Amin in the Arab world. He mentioned the rich celebrations by Egyptians and the following traditions by Greeks and Romans in his book in 1943. Later, the journalist created a campaign and sent an official request to the government to declare the celebrations of Mother's Day across the Middle East. The request got rejected in the initial phases, giving a hard time to the journalist. One day, a lady came up to Amin and told her story of raising his kid to become a doctor, and he approached other dignitaries to spread awareness. In the later stages, Arabic Mother's Day was officialised by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1956, and the Arab world followed the tradition. Hence, Arabic Mother's Day is celebrated on 21st March across various Middle Eastern countries, including UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. People across the Middle East indulge in various activities on Mother's Day and celebrate this occasion with great enthusiasm.