Mother’s Day in Latin America

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There is a saying widely used across South America: “madre no hay más que una.” Roughly translated, this means “you have but one mother.” In its larger significance, this phrase acknowledges the one woman who brings you into the world and raises you with great effort and sacrifice. Indeed, in Latin American cultures, mothers are regarded as a source of unconditional love, and children grow up knowing they can count on their mothers for anything.

A mother and child on Uros, the floating islands that have become a top attraction for travel to Peru and Bolivia.

This weekend, Mother’s Day celebrations will happen all over the world and countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and Peru – all top South America travel destinations – have organized unique ways to display their reverence for mothers and motherhood.

Here are some of the events planned to celebrate this special day in Latin America:

Peru – In Lima, the Spanish heartthrob singer Julio Iglesias will be performing on May 12. During the concert, special activities are planned for the mothers in the audience. Meanwhile, also on May 12, Cusco will host a festival featuring local musicians at the Jardin de la Cerveza, about 5 minutes walking from the historic center.

Brazil – Mother’s Day is considered an unofficial holiday. On May 10, Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism convened a forum of blogging moms in order to provide special Brazil travel tips for mothers traveling with children. Among the tips: A Brazil vacation with children should be slower paced than one without. For travel in Brazil, all children regardless of age should have a passport. Your packing list should also include snacks, vaccination records, and a basic first aid kit including adhesive bandages.

The white shawl of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a political movement formed during the period of dictatorship is a ubiquitous symbol in Argentina. This country celebrates its Día de la Madre on the 3rd Sunday of October.

Throughout South America, it is common for mothers to receive gifts such as chocolates, perfume, flowers, or a day at the spa. Families also honor this day by inviting mothers to lunch or dinner and it is common for restaurants to have Mother’s Day specials. So if your South America vacation happens to fall on these dates you can join in on the festivities as well!

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Anabel has been exploring the length and width of South America since 2010. Ditching preconceptions, settling into the local pace, and embracing the unexpected are the tenets of her philosophy of travel - and life.

3 Comments

  1. Its just a great experience to be a a part of an celebration of Mother’s day in these countries as one can get a perfect view of the cultures and the society of the people staying in these places.

  2. Thanks for this! It’s interesting knowing how other cultures celebrate Mother’s Day. I’m curious if they also have a celebration for fathers too.

  3. Latin America does indeed have Father’s Day celebrations. In most countries, such as Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica, this holiday falls on the 3rd Sunday of June, like in the U.S. and the U.K. However, in other countries it falls on different dates that have local significance. For example, in Brazil, Father’s Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of August, which is also the Catholic day to honor godfathers.