Celebrating Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is celebrated to appreciate moms or maternal figures in our lives, it has become a worldwide event honoring motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The day is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond and the importance of mothers in their life, not only mothers but also other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers, and mothers-in-law are honored.
The celebration includes giving flowers, gifts, cards to your mothers, family gatherings, it is a way to honor your mother and spend time with her. In all, it is to Show your Mother that you care.
Origin of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world“.
Mother’s Day dates around the world vary
United States holiday was adopted by some other countries, existing celebrations, held on different dates, honoring motherhood have become described as “Mother’s Day“, such as Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom or, in Greece, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple (2 February of Julian Calendar).
Both secular and religious Mother’s Day are present in Greece. Mothering Sunday is often referred to as “Mother’s Day” even though it is an unrelated celebration.
In some countries, the date adopted is one sign to the majority religion, such as Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Ex-communist countries usually celebrated International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.
In the USA it was Anna Jarvis was behind the celebration in May in memory of her own mother and a lot of other countries have taken this date for Mother’s Day celebration.
In India, it is celebrated on the Second Sunday of May which is May 14, 2023.