This Sunday (May 25), don’t forget ”Mor” or ”Mamma” back home in Sweden! It is Mother’s Day there then, or ”Mors dag”.
Not a good day for merchants, which is a good thing, it's all about a little extra attention: Flowers and a drawing form the children, that's what remains of ”Mother’s Day” since it was introduced to Sweden in 1919. And a whole lot of love, obviously!
Says Tora Wall, folk lore expert at Nordiska museet who explains ”It was fairly quickly picked up by Sweden back then (from the USA when the day was 'invented' in 1908). Mothers were celebrated in those days. But what was then and what still mostly is, are the flowers and that the children make something for their mom, like a drawing.”
In a little brochure titled ”Mors dag”, which was handed out in 1920, there are instructions for how to celebrate the day:
Raise the flag. The Swedish flag is hoisted from the home.
Sing. Mother is to be greeted in the morning by her children, singing.
Honor. As much as possible, let mom have a day off from household duties, give her peace and freedom.
Celebrate. At afternoon coffee, have a little celebration, where father is involved as well.