Mother's Day in Indonesia Date in the current year: December 22, 2016

Mother's Day in Indonesia Mother's Day is celebrated in almost every country in the world, but its date varies from country to country. For example, Indonesian Mother's Day is celebrated on December 22. It was established by President Sukarno in 1953.

The date of December 22 was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the opening day of the 1928 Indonesian Women Congress. The Congress was held in the city of Yogyakarta. It was attended by representatives of thirty feminist organizations. The Congress focused on the improvement of women’s rights in marriage and education.

Indonesian Mother's Day was originally intended to celebrate the spirit of Indonesian women. During the New Order (the regime of President Suharto) the holiday was used by government propaganda to convince Indonesian women that they should stay at home and be docile. Currently Mother's Day focuses on expressing love and gratitude to mothers. On this day, Indonesian mothers are traditionally presented with gifts.

Mother's Day is not the only holiday dedicated to Indonesian women. On April 21, Indonesians celebrate Kartini Day in memory of Raden Ajeng Kartini, one of the first Indonesian feminists and women rights activists.

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