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

Mother's Day in Paraguay Mother's Day in Paraguay is celebrated on May 15, coinciding with Paraguayan Independence Day (Dia de la Patria). This date was chosen to honor the contribution of Juana María de Lara to the proclamation of Paraguay's independence.

Juana María de Lara was the emissary of Paraguayan revolutionaries. On the morning of May 15, 1811, she became the first woman to come to the revolutionary headquarters to celebrate the independence of Paraguay and congratulate the heroes of the independence. She brought them a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers that is believed to have inspired the national flag of Paraguay.

Paraguayan Mother's Day has recently become the subject of criticism: some people think that, being more popular than Independence Day, it overshadows the celebration of the country's national holiday. There have been suggestions to move the celebration to the end of the month or to the second Sunday in May (like in the United States), but as for now the date remains the same.

Mother's Day is the celebration of motherhood and the contribution of mothers to society. On this day, Paraguayan children give their mothers small handmade gifts, greeting cards, flowers, chocolate, etc.

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