Brazilians observe Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of every May, which differs from neighbouring countries like Portugal that celebrate it on the first Sunday of the same month. Mother’s Day in Brazil is not a public holiday, but is widely observed across the country.
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The origins of Mother’s Day in Brazil go back to 1932. That was the year that it was instituted by Brazilian president Getulio Vargas and got its date at the request of the Brazilian Federation of Feminine Progress. Also in 1932, women finally got the right to vote in Brazil’s elections.
Mothers are particularly central in Brazilian culture, and Mother’s Day is a big deal here. It would be inexcusable to not visit or at least call your Mum on this day. And she probably will expect a present or special meal as well!