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Mother’s Day : History and Significance

Mother’s Day : Celebration of Motherhood

There is a day that every child awaits more eagerly and equally as his or her birthday and that is Mother’s Day. Every year the Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. And this year Mother’s Day is on Sunday 10 May. A day dedicated to the mother’s selfless acts for the child and the family as a whole.

Mother’s Day History and Significance

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans. They used to celebrate festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Mother’s Day is a holiday that honours motherhood and is observed in different forms throughout the world.

The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. There are other Mother’s Day pioneers that include Julia Ward Howe and Juliet Calhoun Blakely.

But the official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honouring the sacrifices mothers made for their children after her mother’s death in 1905.

Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis and daughter Anna. Photo :

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.

Mother’s Day Around the World

There are different versions of Mother’s Day celebrated worldwide where traditions may vary depending on the country. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen.

Similarly another alternate observance of Mother’s Day is found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast that honours motherhood that ran for many days.

But all around the world  Mother’s Day is celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts, greeting cards and flowers. Some families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.

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