Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a special day celebrated on second Sunday of May by a large number people who show their love towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. Mothers Day is an annual event and mostly celebrated in 2nd Sunday of May in most part of the world and on some different dates in some other countries, depending on the country.

How mother's day is celebrated?
Mostly people remember their mothers and mother figures on Mom’s Day. Mother figures may include relatives, stepmothers, a guardian or mothers-in-law. People celebrate mothers day in different way. Some of these popular 
  • Family gatherings or visits.
  • Family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners either at home or at a restaurant.
  • Personal phone calls, particularly from children who live away from their mothers.
  • Giving gifts, cards, flowers, or cakes to moms.
  • Mother’s Day Quotes
  • Mother's Day Poems
  • Mother's Day Messages.
  • Gifts of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, handmade items, or gift vouchers.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in almost all the countries in the world, including China where carnations are popular Mother’s Day presents. They celebrate the contributions that mothers make to Samoan society.

Public Life on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries/regions where it is celebrated. It is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries like Australia, Canada and the United States. It is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. Sundays are usually holidays and non-working days in the aforementioned countries.
Mother’s Day is an annual public holiday in countries such as Costa Rica (August 15, on the same day as Assumption Day), Georgia (March 3) and Thailand (August 12). Restaurants and cafes are usually busier than usual routine as some people came with their mothers for breakfasts, lunches or dinners.

Historical Background

Early Mother's Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources. Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.
The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for about 10 years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.
In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.
Many people believe that Mother’s Day is now largely commercialized, with card companies, flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals for this event. Anna Jarvis, in her lifetime, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the over-commercialization of Mother's Day.
There are many ways to give thanks to mothers on Mother’s Day. They include white carnations, which Anna Jarvis asked to be the official symbol for the day, as well as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the preservation of motherhood. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. It is located together with a museum at Grafton, West Virginia, and aims to preserve, promote and develop the spirit of motherhood.
Note: This article provides only a general overview on Mother’s Day and does not provide complete detail of the different customs, traditions, symbols, and practices for each country that celebrates the day.

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