In Nigeria, mothers have an important role in family life. Mothering Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent and is often celebrated with gifts, flowers and a special meal. Although Mothering Day is a Western holiday, it is celebrated in Nigeria as it is in England and can also coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The Feast of St Joseph honours men and fathers every year on 19 March. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their important role in society. In Nigeria, special meals are prepared and gifts exchanged to recognise the importance of fathers and male role models.