Mother's Day in Argentina Date in the current year: October 16, 2016

Mother's Day in Argentina Whereas most countries celebrate Mother's Day in May or June, Argentina is an exception. Mother's Day in Argentina is celebrated on the third Sunday in October.

Originally, Argentine Mother's Day coincided with the Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast was established in Portugal in 1914 and extended to the entire Catholic church in 1931. It was celebrated on October 11. Eventually Argentinians began to celebrate Mother's Day on the same date.

In 1969, the liturgical year of the Roman Rite was revised by Pope Paul VI. The celebration of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was moved to January 1 (the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God). However, Argentinians continued to celebrate Mother's Day in October because of popular tradition. The celebration was moved to the third Sunday of the month.

On this day, Argentine mothers are presented with handmade crafts, greeting cards, flowers, jewelry, and other gifts. Most husbands do the cooking and cleaning during the day, giving their wives an opportunity to relax and enjoy the holiday. It is customary to organize special parties for mothers, take them out to a fancy dinner, or surprise them with a home cooked meal.

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