Mother's Day in China

  • Celebrated: May. 11 
  • Location: China

Mother's Day in China falls on the second day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar every year, but it is generally celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a holiday that was first celebrated regionally in Hong Kong and Macau. After the Chinese economic reform in 1979, the Chinese mainland began to embrace this holiday.

Distinguished from other countries, the Chinese people regard Mencius's mother as the paradigm. Mothers would traditionally receive hemerocallis flowers from their sons and daughters on this holiday. But nowadays carnations or forget-me-nots have become alternatives.

Festival Activities

The Meng Mu Culture Festival in Taigu, Shangxi Province, was held on May 12, 2013 to celebrate and promote Mother's Day in China. Famous for its historical buildings and rich cultural relics, Taigu, boasting a long history and culture, is as equally famous as Qi County and Pingyao. It is called the hometown of Chinese culture and art and the hometown of martial arts.

It is a great spot for you to get a taste of Chinese culture. You can't miss the series of activities featured with Chinese elements, including the special stamps which launched the ceremony of "Thanksgiving Mother", the reading salon of Di Zi Gui (弟子规), a large group dance and a tree planting activity, etc. All the activities would provide you with a delicate feast of a Chinese style Mother's Day.

Travel Information

Getting there: Taigu, in Shanxi Province, is 60 kilometers from Taiyuan and 45 kilometers from Pingyao. You can get there by railway or take a bus from Taiyuan or Pingyao.

A trip to experience Mother's Day in China would be best combined with one of our Shanxi tours, including China Highlights' well-designed Pingyao tours and Taiyuan tours.