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Roses are a popular way to delight mothers. Picture: Flickr

In much of the world, but not all, the second Sunday in May is reserved to celebrate Mother’s Day. Children all over the world spent hours making cards and gifts at school in the lead-up, and fathers run around the evening before trying to find a card or bunch of flowers. All to celebrate the efforts of those selfless individuals we call mum.

In Finland, the day is honored with an official flag day. In fact, this day is one of only five legally enforced flag days meaning all public buildings must fly their flag.