In many cultures the family is the most important part of one’s life, and in many cases, the mother is the most sacred person that people have.
One thing I did not know when I came to Poland for the first time was when Mother’s Day was celebrated. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is on the 10th of May; knowing this I thought that it would be the same date in Poland. So on this day, I brought the presents and flowers to my Polish mother in law… but she was quite surprised because she did not know why I was giving those gifts to her.
When is it celebrated?
A great advice I can give to all the newcomers that are living in or visiting Poland is that Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 26th of May, so if you have a Polish girlfriend or boyfriend it will be a great thing to give a small present to the mother of your spouse, as this will give you some extra points in your relationship.
How is it called in Polish?
In Polish it is called Dzień Matki and it is important to know that it sometimes falls on a bank holiday, so important for you to check whether this is the case as all the stores, malls and many restaurants will remain closed, making it impossible to buy a last minute present. If Mother’s day falls on a bank holiday, a lot of Polish people will come back to their cities of origin to spend some time with their mothers and grandmothers.
What presents can I give?
The children will give a small handmade present that is called ‘laurka’, which is a small piece of paper that is decorated with flowers and some words written by the child. People also give flowers, cakes and of course a great hug, a smile and a kiss 🙂