Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mother’s Day Around the World–France

Only Napoleon had it in his heart to declare Mother’s Day (Fete des Meres)  a national holiday, but no one followed suit until 1950 when it officially became a French holiday.

The French celebrate Mother’s Day in late May or early June, depending upon when Pentecost falls on the calendar.

Unlike the Serbs, Mom is required to rest, relax and not cook any meals. She is doted upon by her children, and they do all of her chores for her.

In addition to traditional gifts, the children also honor mom with a poem or two before treating her to a big meal with dessert. The dessert is a cake in the shape of a large flower or bouquet of flowers.

The Iris is France’s official flower.

Let’s see if we can find some handmade gifts in lilac to honor mom from these talented artists.

Lavender Heart Beaded with Plum Purple 3D Roses

RSS Designs in Fiber 

St. Dymphna Rosary Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Hand Painted Coral Butterfly Cameo Necklace

Treasures of Jewels 

Survivor Heart Shape Ribbon

Kevs Krafts 

Royal Purple Iris Best Wishes from Searsmont Maine Glitter Embossed Postcard

Postcards in the Attic 

Swarovski Lt. Amethyst Rivoli Chandelier .925 Sterling Silver Earrings

Kats All That 

Hand Knit Orchid Scarf Hat and Mitts Set


Flower Necklace, Cobalt Blue Pink Rose Quartz Mothers Day Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

Violet Lily Earrings Violet Opal Swarovski Crystals Romantic

Magdalene Jewels 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Dangle Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry

Lilac Purple Pearl Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Lavender Flower Earrings with Polymer Clay Beads and Swarovski Crystals

Blue Morning Expressions 

If you do not see what you want in this list, maybe one of these talented artists would be happy to help you get the right gift. The photos take you to their store where you can contact them.
You can also shop from the following collections:

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Week 2
Week 3

Week 4

Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the World



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Julie and the hurricane known as Harry


  1. Whew! Am glad Moms in France don't have to go through all the trials and tribulations of a Serbian of Mothers Day! Interesting that Napoleon wanted a Mother's Day celebration was before it became an actual French holiday. Wonderful lilac-inspired items - many thanks for including my necklace! Will share the post and the items far and wide! Treats to the Handsome Harry Pup from the Gecko Chasing Moose.

  2. Another enjoyable read Julie! Mother's Day sounds like a great day in France. Lovely items included in this post.

  3. What a fantastic Mother's Day the mom's in France have. Love the purples in this week's mid-week countdown. Thank you, Julie for including my scarf set. Shared.

  4. Such pretty lilac purple gifts for Mother's Day. Thanks for including my pearl and crystal earrings! Enjoyed reading about Mother's Day in France. I want some of that cake shaped like a flower. Shared...

  5. Oooo la la! I want some of that flower-shaped cake too! And the dinner! :) Thanks for this wonderful Countdown extra, and for including my St. Dymphna chaplet bracelet. Have pinned these beauties to my BMECountdown Pinboard. Will do some tweeting and share the blog itself. Thanks again - and treats to Cutie Harry from Sir Gonze. :)

  6. Thank you Julie - a perfect color for Spring - Lilacs, Crocuses. Beautiful purple gifts!

  7. Thanks for sharing Mother's Day traditions - a Cake in the Shape of a Flower or Bouquet - sounds like fun, but then I enjoy creative cooking! -- and thanks for sharing my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Irish Crochet Heart in Lavender and Plum Purple! -- Pinned and will be sharing on Facebook!