Mother's Day in Kyrgyzstan Date in the current year: May 15, 2016

Mother's Day in Kyrgyzstan While the United States and many other countries celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, in Kyrgyzstan this holiday falls on the third Sunday in May. It was officially established in 2012.

In many former Soviet republics, there is no separate Mother's Day, and mothers are traditionally congratulated on International Women's Day (March 8). In the Kyrgyz Republic, the idea of celebrating Mother's Day was first voiced in 2005, but it took the government seven years to officially establish the holiday.

On March 7, 2012, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atamvbayev gave a speech on the occasion of International Women's Day and promised to create a holiday dedicated solely to mothers. It was originally planned to celebrate it on the second Sunday in May, but the first two week of May already were full of holidays: Labor Day (May 1), Constitution Day (May 5), and Victory Day (May 9). So finally it was decided to celebrate Mother's Day a week later.

Kyrgyzstan first celebrated Mother's Day on May 20, 2012. This holiday celebrates motherhood and the invaluable input of mothers into families, local communities and society in general. Children usually give their mothers small gifts and handmade cards on the occasion.

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