All over the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates and in the United Arab Emirates it falls on March 21.
Unlike other parts of the world, Mother’s Day in the Arab world is not always celebrated on a Sunday. The holiday was officially introduced to Egypt in 1956 by journalist Mustafa Amin, who chose the first day of spring as the annual feast day.
Every year, restaurants, spas, boutiques and more across the country honor moms with discounts, offers, special treats and tasty food.
And 2022 is no exception, especially at Expo 2020 Dubai, which is in its final weeks, where many events are taking place to celebrate mothers.
For starters, all visitors can get their special Mother’s Day stamp in their 50-page Expo Passport at the Visitor Centers and Women’s Pavilion.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Monday, there will be a special Mother’s Day version of the yoga session at Surreal, the water feature. It is open to women only and female participants can register through the Expo 2020 Dubai app.
Free desserts will also be offered throughout the day at a number of venues including Alkebulan African Dining Hall, Mangrove Philippines Cuisine, Cafe Milano, Long Chim, The National and Scarpetta, to name a few.
At Nexus for People & Planet, located in the Opportunity District, a treatment session is offered between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Moms can participate in various wellness activities, including a 15-20 minute massage, sound therapy, yoga session and nail painting. Visitors can register via the Exhibition website.
The Mastercard Cube, near Jubilee Park, hands out free coffee and drinks on the terrace, as well as flowers and balloons, while the nearby Kiehl’s pop-up store offers free gifts with every purchase of Dh595 or more.
The origins of Mother’s Day
Motherhood has been celebrated for centuries, with the ancient Greeks and Romans each holding dedicated festivals to honor the mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele, who played vital roles in their culture and beliefs.
But the first celebration of Mother’s Day as we know it today dates back to the early Christian holiday known as Mothering Sunday, which has been celebrated since the 8th century.
Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the celebration was initially intended to encourage people to return to their local or “mother” church for a special annual service. However, over the centuries the meaning has evolved to incorporate the celebration of family, and specifically mothers.
While the religious aspect of Mother’s Day has for the most part been lost, the tradition of celebrating the day on the fourth Sunday during Lent has remained in the UK and Ireland. While the date changes every year, dictated by the Easter Full Moon – the first full moon at or after the vernal equinox – Mother’s Day is usually celebrated in March.
Updated: March 20, 2022, 12:18 p.m.