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1. In the United States, many families give Mom a day off from cooking by treating her to a special meal at a nice restaurant. In fact, the holiday is the restaurant industry's busiest day of the year, with over 60% of Americans dining out!
3. In Australia, where Mother's Day is observed in the fall, the flower of choice is the chrysanthemum ("mum").
5. In Ethiopia, Mother's Day is part of a three-day celebration called Antrosht, which takes place at the end of the rainy seaon. Families gather to cook a traditional meal known as "hash." Daughters contribute vegetables, spices, butter, and cheese; sons provide a bull or lamb; and Mom does the cooking. After the meal, the family sings, dances, and spends time together.
7. Mother's Day celebrations in Peru are a week long! In addition to enjoying parties and special dinners throughout the week, mothers can visit museums, exhibitions, and festivals for free. Families also visit cemeteries to clean and decorate the gravestones of deceased mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures, with flowers and balloons.
9. On Mother's Day in Serbia, there's a tradition for children to tie their mom to a chair with some ribbon, and not free her until she gives them gifts and treats. (The following week, the same thing happens to Dad on Father's Day!)
11. In the days leading up to Mother's Day in Sweden, the Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers. Proceeds from the flower sales go to support mothers and children in need.