Mother's Day 2016 Date: When Is 'Día De La Madre' In Mexico & Other Latin American Countries?

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Find out when Mother's Day is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Stock

The celebration of the person who gave us life is observed on different dates across Central and Latin America. Mother's Day 2016 is commemorated on the second Sunday in May in the US and countries like Brazil, Chile and Colombia.

In Mexico it is a bit different. Our neighbouring country has a fixed date for mommies to be honored, and it happens every May 10. The first official celebration of the holiday in México was on May 10, 1922. 

The holiday has taken religious undertones with images of La Virgen de Guadalupe and Virgin Maria, mother of God, used as symbols of the commemoration. It is customary to play "Las Mañanitas" for all mothers on this special day.

In Brazil, the first Mother's Day took place on May 12, 1918 and was promoted by the Young Men's Christian Association of Porto Alegre. It was in 1932 that President Getúlio Vargas made the second Sunday of May the official date for his honor. Although it's not an official holiday, it was something that Brazilians have adopted and observed.

In Paraguay, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 15, on the same day as Día De La Patria, which is their Independence Day. The date was chosen to honor Juan María De Lara who played a large role in the country's independence in the year 1811.

Two celebrations in one day have created major debate in the country, since the celebration of independence goes unnoticed as moms take precedent. Many groups have tried to move the date of Mother's Day to the second Sunday of May.


Argentina: October 16

Bolivia: May 27

Brazil: May 8

Chile: May 8

Colombia: May 8

Costa Rica: May 15

Cuba: May 8

Dominican Republic: May 29

Ecuador: May 8

Guatemala: May 10

México: May 10

Nicaragua: May 30

Panamá: December 8

Paraguay: May 15

Perú: May 8

Puerto Rico: May 8

El Salvador: May 10

Venezuela: May 8


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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.