In Norway, Mother’s Day, or Morsdag, is celebrated on the second Sunday in February and takes place on February 12 this year. It’s a special national day to honor mothers and mother figures. Did you know the holiday, called ‘Morsdag’ by locals, has been observed for over 100 years in the country? And most businesses are closed on that day because it always falls on a Sunday!
History of Mother's Day Norway
Known as one of the most popular holidays around the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries across the globe. Although Mother’s Day is not recognized as a public holiday in the United States, it’s a legal national holiday observed on the second Sunday in May. Not all countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day of the year, however. Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mexico and some other countries in Latin America celebrate Mother’s Day annually on May 10. In Thailand, Mother’s Day falls on August 12, which is the birthday of the current Queen.
The earliest Mother’s Day could be traced to ancient Greece, where Greeks held festivities to honor Rhea, who was renowned as the mother of the gods. In Norway, Mother’s Day, or Morsdag, is celebrated on the second Sunday in February, as a day to appreciate and honor mothers and mother figures. The first Mother’s Day in Norway was on February 9, 1919, celebrated in a Methodist Church in Bergen. The celebration was initially organized by religious institutions, until two women — Karen Platou, a businesswoman and politician, and Dorothea Schjodager, a social worker, teacher, and women’s rights activist — established the day as an annual holiday in Norway. Thanks to non-government organizations, entrepreneurs, and mass media who supported the national holiday, these women’s idea of Mother’s Day subsequently became a national observance.
On this day in Norway, mothers often receive presents, and some also get breakfast in bed with handcrafted items and greeting cards, courtesy of their children. Sometimes when the day coincides with Fastelavn, Carnival day, locals celebrate with ‘Fastelavenboller,’ a special type of bun.
Mother's Day Norway timeline
Julia Ward Howe launches Mother’s Day annual meetings in Boston as a day dedicated to peace.
Philadelphia school teacher Anna M. Jarvis pushes to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of mothers, living or dead.
President Woodrow Wilson grants Jarvis’ request and approves the second Sunday in May as National Mother’s Day in the U.S.
Methodist Church, Bergen, Norway celebrates the first Mother’s Day on February 9.
Mother's Day Norway FAQs
Who created Mother’s Day?
Schoolteacher, Anna Jarvis, pushed for the observance of Mother’s Day to honor mothers everywhere, alive or dead. She organized the first Mother’s Day in the U.S. in 1908 to honor her mother.
Why is Mother’s Day in February in Norway?
While many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day in May, Norway is the only country in the world to celebrate in February perhaps because Norway has many holidays in May already. Choosing the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day may sometimes mean that it will collide with Norway’s National Day, celebrated May 17 annually.
Is Mother’s Day the same in every country?
Not all countries celebrate the holiday on the same day. A greater number of countries — including Australia, the U.S., Denmark, Canada, Italy, Finland, Turkey, Switzerland, and Belgium celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mother's Day Norway Activities
Offer her breakfast in bed
Start her day off on a sweet note by offering her a delicious breakfast in bed. Give her a day off from doing chores, make her favorite breakfast, and serve with a glass of fresh juice. Leave a sweet handwritten note in the food tray to tell your mom or wife that she’s special to you and you adore her.
Spend the day with her
Remember that this is a day to celebrate your mom. While gifts and presents are thoughtful and nice, she’ll appreciate your presence more, especially if you don’t live close to each other. Spend this day with her and do things that she’d always wanted to do with you. You could go for a picnic, cook or bake together, go through old family pictures and recreate some fond memories, run a movie marathon or just play some fun games at home.
Throw a surprise party
You could also plan a surprise Mother’s Day party for your mom with the help of your dad and siblings. You may also invite other moms in the neighborhood to join in the fun. Make your mom’s favorite foods and drinks. Buy her flowers and other thoughtful gifts you know she’ll love. Allow every party attendant to shower praises on her as you celebrate her.
5 Fun Facts About Mother’s Day
The world’s third-most popular holiday
Mother’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the world, it is the third behind Christmas and Easter.
Phone calls on Mother’s Day
More phone calls than any other day of the year — about 122.5 million of them are made on Mother’s Day.
Flowers for mothers
Approximately one-quarter of all the flowers sold in the world throughout the year are bought on Mother’s Day.
Dining out on Mother’s Day
Restaurants have the busiest day in a year on Mother’s Day with over 80 million adults making reservations at restaurants for Mother's Day in 2018.
Selling flowers for Mothers’ Day
Mother’s Day is the third highest-selling holiday for flowers and plants, only topped by Christmas and Hanukkah.
Why We Love Mother's Day Norway
Mothers are superheroes, and Mother’s Day is just a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating the ones who fill our lives with smiles, warm hugs, kind words, and tasty food. We can’t love them enough!
Time to play and bond
Sometimes, we get too busy and occupied, and it robs us of spending special moments with our mothers who have committed their lives to nurture and watch us grow. Mother’s Day allows us to spend special time with our moms and laugh with them in hearty celebrations.
Mother’s Day gives us the chance to share happy times with our moms and the rest of the family. We could hang out, share good food and family jokes while looking at old family photos. We could even recreate some old photographs to update our family photo albums!
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