How to say Happy Mother's Day in Spanish - with free Printable Cards

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In this post: ¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrate mothers everywhere on Mother’s Day in English and in Spanish! Learn over 20 Spanish vocabulary words and phrases for Mother’s Day - and - when Mother’s Day is celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries. Then show your love and appreciation for the mothers in your life with a free printable card template your little ones can decorate.

Table of contents:

  1. Mother’s Day dates vary across Spanish-speaking countries
  2. Mother’s Day vocabulary in Spanish 
  3. Mother’s Day songs in Spanish
  4. [FREE] Spanish Mother’s Day printable cards - for you to print and make your own

Fun Fact: The Habbi Habbi printable library includes a lot more than printable cards for Mother’s Day! There are other holiday printables, colors, shapes, early math, and more. Check out the whole collection HERE.


Mother’s Day in Spanish-speaking Countries

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world, and Latin America and Spain are no exception. However, not every country celebrates on the same day.

Several countries celebrate on the same date as the United States- the second Sunday in May. This includes Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Many Spanish-speaking countries still celebrate Mother’s Day in May:

  • Spain: first Sunday in May
  • Dominican Republic: last Sunday in May
  • Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize: May 10th 
  • Paraguay: May 15th  
  • Bolivia: May 27th 
  • Nicaragua: May 30th

Some countries have their Mother’s Day celebrations in other months:

  • Costa Rica: August 15th 
  • Argentina: third Sunday in October 
  • Panama: December 8th

Despite different days for the holiday, people celebrate Mother’s Day in similar ways. Like in the United States, cards and flowers are customary gifts. It’s also common to serve breakfast in bed or go out to a restaurant for a special meal.


Mother’s Day Vocabulary in Spanish 

¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Happy Mother’s Day!

Moms deserve our appreciation every day of the year, but Mother’s Day is their special day. From cards and flowers to hugs and kisses, there are many different ways to show our love.


Here are 20+ words and phrases to help you celebrate Mother’s Day in Spanish.




Mother’s Day

el Día de las Madres


Happy Mother’s Day

Feliz Día de las Madres


la madre



la mamá



la madrastra



la suegra



la tía



la abuela



la bisabuela



la familia



la tarjeta



las flores



el chocolate



el regalo


breakfast in bed

el desayuno en la cama



el abrazo


to hug



el beso


to kiss


thank you


I love you

te amo / te quiero (1) 


(1) The decision to use “te amo” or “te quiero” varies; in some regions, “te amo” is typically reserved for romantic love and “te quiero” is for family and friends. Other people use “te amo” for family and very close friends and “te quiero” for other friends. Some hardly use “te amo” at all because it is so romantic it’s cheesy!

This video has a few more common phrases and how to pronounce them!


Mother’s Day Songs in Spanish

Here are two songs that our family loves - both to celebrate moths and apply some of Spanish Mother’s Day vocabulary!


This is a sweet ballad celebrating moms. It has such a touching message about the significance of mothers in our lives. I might have teared up a bit listening! I also appreciate that the video has lyrics. You and your child can read and sing along as you learn the song!

Día de la Madre

This song is more upbeat and more specifically about celebrating Mother’s Day. It includes a lot of common Mother’s Day vocabulary in Spanish. There are some from our list in the song as well! The song is repetitive so it’s a bit easier to learn and sing-along.

Did you know? Habbi Habbi has a great book about working moms: “Book of Careers Vol1”. My family loves it because it features not only diverse women but also diverse career choices! 


Spanish Mother’s Day Printable Cards

As a mother myself, a personally made card or craft is one of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts. This sweet printable makes for a simple homemade and heartfelt card that children can personalize by coloring and writing a personal message.

It includes one specifically for mom, one specifically for grandma, and a generic “Happy Mother’s Day” card for any motherly figure in children’s lives - and can include aunts or other important guardians and caretakers!


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About our lovely guest contributor 

Kelly is an English-Spanish bilingual parent raising an English-Spanish-Mandarin trilingual child with her English-Mandarin bilingual spouse. She has a passion for education and literacy and language development, with a Master’s Degree in Reading Development and experience as both an English-only and Spanish-English dual language Kindergarten teacher. Nowadays, she stays home with her daughter and enjoys playing video games when there’s a bit of spare time.

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