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 key information of this event.

[Mis à jour le 27 avril 2022 à 22h04] This is the unmissable event every year. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to please your mom. For one day, mothers are at the center of all attention. But beware, the date is not always the same in the calendar. This year, France will celebrate this special day on Sunday, May 29, 2022, while in other countries, the celebration will take place a little earlier in the month. So what delicate attention will you opt for? To show your mother that you love her, it is not always easy to find the gift idea that will please. A personalized message, a gift or a little attention can be part of the possibilities. Among the classics of Mother’s Day 2022, we obviously find the famous bouquet of flowers.

Are you still looking for the perfect gift? Find our inspirations in this page, but also our models of message and poems. We also decipher the origin 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 at sunday 29 May. Mother’s Day 2022 also takes 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 in May, as was the case in 2020, the date of Mother’s Day is postponed to the following Sunday.

And Mother’s Day has a knack for causing confusion. Does it take place in June, or in May? Is it the same as in the UK or the US? Indeed, the date of Mother’s Day is not universal. Mums are celebrated in March across the Channel, 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 9th. Obviously, this is an opportunity for celebrities and influencers to share messages of love to their mothers on social media.

The second Sunday in May, which creates confusion every year in the minds of 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 is no shortage of gift ideas for Mother’s Day. And it’s never too late to please your mom. Until Sunday morning, it is possible to find the idea that will hit the mark. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the gifts most often offered but also of more innovative ideas:

  • fresh flowers : Interflora (the well-known historical flower delivery service), Florajet (delivery in 4 hours, conditional on an order before noon), Bloom & Wild (for creative bouquets delivered in cardboard boxes), 123 Fleurs (makes one of the leaders in online flower sales since 1999, with same-day delivery for all orders placed before 5 p.m., but also on Sundays and public holidays) or Aquarelle (for good value for money).
  • An eternal rose (and the symbol of the flower that never fades: Amazon
  • heart shaped balloons : the company “Better than flowers”
  • A personalized “photo gift” : Cheerz
  • Institute care : Yves Rocher
  • A gourmet subscription : Marmiton is offering 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 (including a Glowria vanity pouch; a MAC matte lipstick; a Paw Paw balm; a Korrès shower gel; an Inuwet monoi body milk; a Tony Moly mask and a 15 euro MAC voucher).
  • A mother/daughter photoshoot : Studio Lenoir (229 euros)
  • Two tickets for a concert or a play : TickeTac
  • An assortment of teas : 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 version, consult our dedicated page for examples of “Happy Mother’s Day” messages that will allow you to find inspiration, but also ready-made poems to say “I love you” to your mother! Finally, we offer you beautiful quotes on mothers, to slip into a card or an SMS. Good writing!

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Every last Sunday of May, we usually celebrate Mother’s Day. But do we really know where this tradition comes from? As L’Express reports, It was in 1906 that Mother’s Day was born, when the village of Artas (Isère) organized a ceremony in honor of the mothers of large families. Two mothers of nine children were then awarded the prize for High Maternal Merit. The village continues today to claim the creation of Mother’s Day in France. In 1918, after the First World War, Lyon followed the movement born in the United States and paid 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, notably in a message on the radio: “Only you know how to give everyone this taste for work, this sense of discipline, modesty, respect which make healthy men and strong peoples. You are the inspiration of our Christian civilisation”. Rather than celebrating mothers, the goal is to boost 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, by adoring Rhea, the mother of Zeus, at the time of spring. A Mother’s Day of sorts, since they also celebrated fertility. Among Christians too, this symbol has long endured. Each year, at the time of the fourth Sunday of Lent, believers went to pray in the “mother” church, the most important in their region. It was a question of celebrating in a particular way a passage of a Gregorian chant, the introit, which evokes breast milk.



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