Mother’s Day in France is reserved for the last Sunday in May, but is moved to the first Sunday of June if it falls on the same day as Whit Sunday/Pentecost. It’s generally celebrated as a treasured family holiday with an intimate sit-down dinner featuring Mom as the guest of honor. Mothers are usually presented with a special flower bouquet cake (exactly what it sounds like, it’s a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers).
Typical Mothers’ Day presents include flowers, cakes, and chocolates, as well as handmade gifts and handwritten poems.
The origins of Mothers’ Day in France are believed to have arisen during the Napoleonic era. In 1806, the French emperor announced a special day to recognize mothers of large families. This celebration was revived after World War I for some time. In 1950 a special law was created to dedicate Mothers’ Day as an official tribute to mothers, though currently Mothers’ Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in France.