Russian Mother’s Day Celebration

Russian Mother’s Day also follows the same template of the American celebration, which is full of gifts, cards and flowers. Technically speaking, Russia has a Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of November 1. However, little is known about the Mother’s Day among Russians. Instead, “International Women’s Day,” which celebrates contributions of women in general, is a replacement of Mother’s Day 2. Since the International Women’s Day celebration in Russia is quite big, at least some of Russian immigrants I met seem to have small celebrations not only for their moms, but also for other women they are close with. In the transcription below, Roman K. says in his family, he is expected to congratulate close female family members. Konstantin adds on to Roman’s statement by saying, in his celebration, he has a friend of his family also joining his family outing.


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  1. “Russian Holidays and Celebrations Info.” Russian Cities and Regions Guide. Web. 18 May 2011. <>.
  2. Weir, Fred. “Women’s day in Russia: showers of flowers.” Christian Science Monitor 08 Mar. 2001: 7. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 18 May 2011.

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