: Ukraine celebrates Mother's Day on May 8

15:10 May. 8, 2016

Ukraine celebrates Mother's Day on May 8

Tatyana Boichuk holds her son Mihail (4 months) in the town of Ilovaisk which has endured weeks of heavy fighting recently on September 12, 2014 in Ilovaisk, Ukraine (Getty Images)

The holiday is traditionally marked on the second Sunday of May

The International Mother's Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, the Ukrainian new outlet 112 reports

It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

Read also Ukraine's President marks holiday by congratulating all Ukrainian women

In the United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood). In some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

In Ukraine, Mother's Day officially became a holiday only in 1999 and is celebrated since 2000. Since then Ukrainian society struggles to transition the main holiday that recognizes woman from the International Women's Day, a holiday adopted under the Soviet Union that remained as a legacy in Ukraine after its collapse, to Mother's Day. 

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko tweets: "Today, on Mother's Day we bow our heads before the Ukrainian mothers - heroes' mothers who themselves are real heroines".  

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