Skip to main content

Mother's Day in Switzerland

Flower for Mother's Day - Rainer Sturm  /

Mother's Day.

Other than Valentine's Day, I cannot think of another holiday that has hallmark written all over it like Mother's Day. Shops are full of Mother's Day promotions and school kids are crafting little gifts for their moms. Florists are especially happy since many grown up children will bring their mothers a nice bouquet or have it delivered.

Mother's Day in Switzerland

Switzerland adopted this American holiday in 1930 mainly because of a strong lobbying effort by the local florist unions but also had a strong Christian support through the Salvation Army that advocated this day to honor the mothers. Like in most countries around the world, Mother's Day in Switzerland is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

Essentially, Mother's Day in Switzerland is probably pretty much the same as in other countries, I don't know of any uniquely Swiss traditions on this day. Unless you think it unique that we usually gift the most delicious swiss chocolates which are sometimes hard to come by in other places.

Memories of Mother's Days

I remember making little gifts for my mom during my school years but it was always a bit more tricky in my case. My mom has her birthday in the first week of May and sometimes her birthday actually fell on Mother's Day. So, me and my siblings always had to (that is, wanted to) think of two gifts for her at the same time. We also made breakfast for her and tried to make her day special.

Nowadays, we make do with some flowers or a visit which in my opinion is worth more than any gift. Looking back, I realize that celebrating your mom (or your dad if it's Father's Day) is probably more important for the children than for the mom since it gives them the opportunity to express the gratitude and love they feel towards her.

If you don't want to do the classic thing and bring or send your mother (or wife) flowers with a card you might want to take your mom out to a nice lunch or dinner. If possible gather all the siblings and choose a nice location. Or you could take one of these iconic "Now & Then" pictures. I've always wanted to take one but we never got around to it.



Post a Comment

You have something to add or would like to ask a question? I would love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

A Typical Swiss Birthday Party

My son and I recently attended a birthday party here in Cocachimba, Peru. It was the birthday of one of the kids in the village and since it's such a small place, almost everyone is invited. To be honest, I don't like going to children's birthday parties - or grown up's birthday parties - because there is usually too much noise and fuss and chaos. My husband usually takes it on himself to accompany our son to these birthdays but this time he was away so I had to step in.

If you've never been to a Peruvian birthday party, let me tell you one thing: it's loud and crowded! There is dancing and food and once in a while people are trying to say something above the deafening noise of the music. I guess, if you grew up with this it's probably normal and enjoyable but for me it was way too much noise. I could see all the children's ear go deaf in my minds eyes. Argh. Probably one of those cultural differences you'll have as a foreigner.
Memories of Birthda…

How to Spot a Swiss Person

As an expat one usually spots fellow expats right away. It's not only the language or the looks of people but rather the little peculiarities of life that seem so normal at home that give us away while abroad. Obviously, it's a cliche that all people from the same place (country, city, continent) behave in the same way and I am far from making that claim. However, growing up in a certain surrounding does rub off on people's behavior and some similarities can certainly be observed.

This is also true for Swiss people. According to the Swiss stereotype, we are a clean, punctual and strictly organized people. However, there are many exceptions like my Swiss friend who is always late or my brother whose room was a total mess while growing up. Yet, although they do not fit the description of a typical Swiss person, they still have some traits that give them away as Swiss. The same is probably true for myself - if I like it or not.
10 Signs you are dealing with a Swiss Person So,…

What I've Written about Swiss German so far

Over the last few years I've written quite a few articles about languages in Switzerland in general with a special focus on Swiss German. Thanks to Google Analytics, I know that many people visit my blog to find out more about this language and maybe even learn a few words or phrases on the way.

Hence, I decided to compile an ordered list of all language related articles of this blog. Hopefully, you'll find it helpful to learn a few new words or find out more about Swiss German.
Overview over all languages of Switzerland:Four Official Languages of Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Rumantsch are the official languages of Switzerland. Different Swiss German Dialects: What are the dialects of German spoken in Switzerland? Great overview with examples for several dialects.Swiss German 101: Short introduction to Swiss German with a basic glossaryOnline Resources for Learners of Swiss German: List with free resources for learning Swiss German over the internetSwiss German Di…