date in France, origin and gift ideas

Mother's Day 2022: date in France, origin and gift ideas

MOTHER’S DAY 2022. Mother’s Day is one of the spring events not to be missed. Do you know the date for this year 2022? Are you looking for gifts and messages to send? Here is the most important information of this event.

[Mis à jour le 27 avril 2022 à 22h04] This is the event not to be missed every year. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to please your mother. For a day, mothers are the center of all attention. But be aware, the date is not always the same in the calendar. This year, France will be celebrating this special day on Sunday, May 29, 2022, while in other countries the celebration will take place a little earlier in the month. So which delicate attention do you choose? To show your mom that you love her, it’s not always easy to find the gift idea that will please you. A personal message, a present or a small gift are possible. Among the classics of Mother’s Day 2022 we find, of course, the famous bouquet of flowers.

Still looking for the perfect gift? Find our inspirations on this page, but also our models of messages and poems. We also decipher the origins of “Mother’s Day”, which this year celebrates its 116th anniversary in France, but whose existence actually dates back much, much further.

The date of Mother’s Day 2021 is scheduled to sunday 29 Can. Mother’s Day 2022 will also take place three weeks before Father’s Day, scheduled for Sunday, June 19…

Every last Sunday in May comes the date of Mother’s Day. Not to be confused with Father’s Day, every third Sunday in June; nor with that of Grandmother’s Day, every first Sunday of March. An exception is that if Pentecost falls on the last Sunday of May, as was the case in 2020, the date of Mother’s Day will be postponed to the following Sunday.

And Mother’s Day has a gift for confusion. Will it take place in June or in May? Is it the same as in UK or US? Indeed, the date of Mother’s Day is not universal. Mothers are celebrated across the Channel in March, whileacross the Atlantic, the festival takes place on the second Sunday of May (this is also the case in Belgium, Switzerland or even Spain). This year it was May 9. Of course, this is an opportunity for celebrities and influencers to share love messages with their mothers on social networks.

The second Sunday in May, which every year causes confusion for many French people (who then fear that they have missed Mother’s Day!) rhymes with Mother’s Day in many countries, such as the United States again.

From the traditional bouquet of flowers to more original gifts, there’s no shortage of gift ideas for Mother’s Day. And it’s never too late to please your mother. Until Sunday morning it is possible to find the idea that will hit the target. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the most frequently offered gifts, as well as more innovative ideas:

  • fresh flowers : Interflora (the well-known historic flower delivery service), Florajet (delivery in 4 hours, if ordered before 12:00), Bloom & Wild (for creative bouquets delivered in cardboard boxes), 123 Fleurs (one of the leaders in online flower sales since 1999, with same day delivery for all orders before 5 pm, but also on Sundays and public holidays) or Aquarelle (for a good value for money).
  • An eternal rose (and the symbol of the flower that never withers: Amazon
  • heart shaped balloons : the company “Better than flowers”
  • A personalized “photo gift” : Cheerz
  • institute care : Yves Rochero
  • A gastronomic subscription : Marmiton offers a special Mother’s Day offer – A one and a half year subscription, nine paper issues for €29.90 + the Glowria box for the month of May (includes a Glowria make-up bag; a MAC matte lipstick; a Paw Paw balm ; a Korrès shower gel; an Inuwet monoi body milk; a Tony Moly mask and a MAC voucher of 15 euros).
  • A mother/daughter photo shoot : Studio Lenoir (229 euros)
  • Two tickets to a concert or a play : Ticket Tac
  • An assortment of tea : Kusmi Tea Paris (19.50 euros)


For those who celebrate Mother’s Day with words rather than objects, there is the enduring tradition of “Happy Mother’s Day”. Short or poetic, modern or childish, consult our dedicated page for examples of “Happy Mother’s Day” messages to inspire you, as well as ready-made poems to say “I love you” to your mother! Finally, we offer you beautiful quotes about mothers, to slide on a card or a text. Good writing!

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Every last Sunday of May we normally celebrate Mother’s Day. But do we really know where this tradition comes from? As L’Express reports, Mother’s Day was born in 1906, when the village of Artas (Isère) organized a ceremony in honor of mothers of large families. Two mothers of nine children then received the High Maternal Merit award. The village continues to claim the creation of Mother’s Day in France today. In 1918, after World War I, Lyon followed the United States-born movement, paying tribute to mothers and wives who had lost their sons and/or husbands. This Mother’s Day was made official by the government in 1929. In 1942, Marshal Pétain gave the event a more solemn tone, most notably in a radio message: “Only you know how to give everyone this taste for work, this sense of discipline, modesty, respect that make healthy men and strong peoples . You are the inspiration of our Christian civilization”. Rather than celebrating mothers, the goal is to increase the birth rate in France.

But the tradition of Mother’s Day actually dates back to the dawn of time, or almost! The Greeks already celebrated mothers in their own way, worshiping Rhea, the mother of Zeus, at the time of spring. A kind of Mother’s Day, because they also celebrated fertility. Also among Christians this symbol has long endured. Every year, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, believers went to pray in the “Mother Church”, the most important in their region. It was a matter of celebrating in a certain way a passage from a Gregorian chant, the introitus, which is reminiscent of breast milk.

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