South Africans celebrate their mothers on the second Sunday of May, much like in the U.S. (though it used to be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of May like the U.K. of which it is a former colony).
People of South Africa celebrate Mother's Day in its true spirit by acknowledging the importance of mothers in their lives and thanking them profusely for all their love and care. People also gift flowers and cards to their mother as an expression of their heartfelt feeling of gratitude and affection.
The most commonly used flowers on Mother’s Day is the traditional carnation. People wear red or pink carnation for the mothers who are living while white carnation is used as a symbol of mothers who are dead.
The holiday is generally celebrated with a focus on homemade gifts and cards, particularly by younger children, while older ones usually prepare a meal for their mothers and sometimes buy small gifts. As an extension, the holiday also celebrates grandmothers, aunts, and all women who have maternal roles in the family or society.