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Swedish Mother's Day 

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Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May.  Observance of Mother's Day, more or less an import from the U.S.A., was introduced into Sweden in 1919.  A brochure was published outlining appropriate festivities - flying the flag, serving Mother breakfast in bed, giving her a day of rest, singing songs and reading poems, asking forgiveness and promising to mend one's ways.  Grown-up children living away from home should send greetings.  Mother's Day became widely celebrated in the 1930s when promoted in the schools and churches.

Over the years, commercial interests have played an increasing part in promoting Mother's Day, and nowadays a present is virtually obligatory.  Schoolchildren make drawings in school, and many mothers are treated to breakfast in bed.  Mother's Day festivities resemble a birthday celebration.

Source: "Traditional Festivities in Sweden"; Author: Ingemar Liman; Published by: The Swedish Institute, ISBN 91-520-0113-X
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