Thyra Dane

Author of Romance. Blogs about Scandinavia, Vikings and books.

Today is Mother’s Day in Norway. Why do Norwegians celebrate Mother’s Day the second Sunday of February?

Flowers from my daughter on Mother's Day

Flowers from my daughter on Mother’s Day

I had a great surprise waiting for me this morning. My daughter, who lives at home, woke me up with eggs and bacon, presents and some very pretty tulips. My son, who is currently in Japan with his school, FaceTimed me with hugs and kisses.

The reason? It’s Mother’s Day in Norway today.

Why does Norway celebrate Mother’s Day in February?

Mother’s Day started in the USA over a hundred years ago. In the USA, and in large parts of the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated in May.

But if Norway had chosen the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day it might have collided with another great day in this country: The 17th of May, Norway’s National Day.

So Norway ended up, as the only country in the world, with celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of February.

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is celebrated a number of different dates, according to Wikipedia.

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

When and how do you celebrate Mother’s Day if you do celebrate it?




4 thoughts on “Why does Norway celebrate Mother’s Day today?

  1. Happy Mother’s Day my dear🤗
    We celebrate in the second Sunday of May…..

    1. thyra10 says:

      Thank you! *kisses*
      (and sorry for the late reply)

  2. Shane says:

    Strange logic considering the second Sunday in May could never be the 17th. The third Sunday could be, but not the second.

    1. thyra10 says:

      Your logic is very good but I guess they figured the National day might steal the thunder, that it should have May all to itself.

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