Mother’s Day in Brazil

Dia das Mães no Brasil. Feliz dia das mães!

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Brazil

It’s May and autumn is here in Brazil. Time to start thinking about some of the events of the season, right? And one of them – likely the most important of all – is Mother’s Day in Brazil! But when is Mother’s Day in Brazil? And how do you wish your mum Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese? Let’s find out!

Brazilians and Their Moms

Even though Brazilian families are very big, we are really close to each other, and Brazilians love spending time with their moms! So much so, that many people still live with their moms even when they are adults! On Brazilian Mother’s Day we spend the day with our families, surrounded by love.

If you just take a minute to think about it, our mothers are our first love. From the moment you’re born you know that there is a human being committed to looking after you, and giving you all their love. That’s so beautiful and lovely!

Mothers cook with their heart, take care of you and make you feel like you are the best person in the world! Maybe you don’t have a birth mother, but your mother is someone who raised you. So you can celebrate with another person who is simply as important to you.

The Origin of Mother’s Day

The origin of this celebration is mythological. In the Ancient Greece, the Greek used to worship Rhea, the Great Mother of the Gods, and this celebration used to happen on the arrival of the spring. Therefore, it is a festivity derived from the custom of adoring the mother. The formal worship of the mother, with ceremonies for Cybele or Rhea performed in March throughout Asia Minor.

Mother’s Day in Brazil

Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May in Brazil. In some countries, such as Portugal for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

Mother’s Day in Brazil became important in 1932, when president Getúlio Vargas formalized it on the second Sunday of May according to the wishes of the Brazilian Federation for Feminine Progress. This initiative dealt with the importance of the appreciation for the feminine space in society and had been motivated by feminine progress already achieved, such as the right to vote, in February of the same year. It was an important moment showing the strength of women here.

Future Dates

Days of the week Date Month Year
Sunday 9 May 2021
Sunday 8 May 2022
Sunday 14 May 2023
Sunday 12 May 2024
Sunday 11 May 2025
Sunday 10 May 2026
Sunday 9 May 2027
Sunday 14 May 2028
Sunday 13 May 2029

Vocabulary List

Happy Mother’s Day! Feliz dia das mães!
First love Primeiro amor
Birth mother Mãe biológica
Raises Cria
Heart Coração
Brazilian Federation of Feminine Progress Federação Brasileira pelo Progresso Feminino
Strength Força
Families Famílias
Lovely Adorável
Committed Comprometido
Take care Cuidar


How to Say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese

Alright, reading how to say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese is not enough! How do we pronounce it? Check out this audio recorded by one of our native Portuguese teachers:

How is Brazilian Mother’s Day Celebrated?

Brazilians grow up with great admiration for their mothers. And this is instilled in them from a very early age. Schools often encourage students to make gifts for their mothers on Mother’s Day in Brazil. So a lot of mothers actually receive handmade gifts from their children! But you don’t have to go to school to give your mother a handmade gift, you hear me?

Some people also like to cook for their mothers on Mother’s Day, although inviting your mother to eat out is common, too. After all, your mother is the one who’s always helping you out from a very young age. Having lunch at a nice restaurant once a year is the least you could do to make up for all of what she’s done, right?

Finally, we have just understood a little bit more about the celebration of Mother’s Day in Brazil. What are the customs in your country on Mother’s Day? Go to our Facebook page and leave a comment telling us!

Have a great day.
Kisses, Rio & Learn.

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