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. It’s 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 for you with their hearts, 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 Ancient Greece, the Greeks 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 was 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.

The first time that a Brazilian Mother’s Day was celebrated was in 1918, in Rio Grande do Sul state, in the south of Brazil. It was organized by a Christian association, the Associação Cristã dos Moços do Rio Grande do Sul.,

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.

How to Say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese

In Portuguese, we say Feliz Dia das Mães. 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:

Happy Mother’s Day!Feliz dia das mães!
Happy mother's day in Portuguese: Feliz dia das mães.

When is Mother’s Day in Brazil? Future Dates

See when is Mother’s day celebrated in Brazil each year, and don’t miss the date!!:

Days of the weekDateMonthYear
Sunday12May2024
Sunday11May2025
Sunday10May2026
Sunday9May2027
Sunday14May2028
Sunday13May2029

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?

Mothers receive a lot of presents on this day. Believe it or not, Mother’s Day in Brazil is the biggest commercial date on expenses after Christmas, what about that? So everybody gives nice presents to their loved mothers, and flowers are a very common present or complement that day!

Mother’s Day in Brazil is often a multi-generational celebration where big families with different generations join to have a Brazilian barbecue together and spend all day getting on and enjoying time with smiles and joy. So mothers and grandmothers will be honored by all their children, grandchildren, and all family members!

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 she’s done, right?

Food is always present, even if it is a picnic or a visit to the restaurant, it is important to eat, drink, chat, and enjoy time together.

Mother’s Day in Brazil Vocabulary List

See the main vocabulary that we learnt and its pronunciation:

ClosePróximo
First lovePrimeiro amor
Birth motherMãe biológica
RaisesCria
HeartCoração
Brazilian Federation of Feminine ProgressFederação Brasileira pelo Progresso Feminino
StrengthForça
FamiliesFamílias
LovelyAdorável
CommittedComprometido
Take careCuidar
SchoolsEscolas
ChildrenFilhos
PresentsPresentes
FlowersFlores
SmilesSorrisos
GrandmotherAvó
CookCozinhar
FoodComida

With our RioONLINE! Activities, we debate and get to know Brazil as we talk in Portuguese with a Portuguese teacher, see our activity dedicated to what does it mean to be a mother? Could you imagine what it is like to be a mother in Brazil?

What does it mean to be a mother in Brazil?

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.

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas

Teacher’s Day
Brazil Holidays
Family in Portuguese

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