Mother's Day in Belarus Date in the current year: October 14, 2016

Mother's Day in Belarus Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries of the world, although its date varies from country to country. For example, Belarusians celebrate the holiday dedicated to mothers on October 14. This day was officially designated as Mother's Day in Belarus in 1996.

There was no such holiday as Mother's Day in the Soviet Union, mothers received congratulations on March 8 (International Women's Day) instead. After the dissolution of the USSR, many former Soviet Republic started to celebrate Mother's Day in addition to International Women's Day.

Belarusian Mother's Day was officially established by President Alexander Lukashenko in 1996. The date of October 14 was chosen because it coincides with the Intercession of the Theotokos, a feast of the Mother of God celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Although Mother's Day is a working holiday, it is widely celebrated throughout the county. The day is marked with official ceremonies aimed at recognizing the significant role mothers play in Belarusian society. The celebration is designed to emphasize that motherhood and family are the priorities of the country's social policy.

Children congratulate their mothers on the holiday, giving them handmade gifts and greeting cards.

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