Mother's Day 2018

Mother's Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday in May. The day honors the contribution of mothers to the society and is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm around the world. Apart from mothers, people also honor their grandmothers and the other significant women in their family. Though many nations celebrate the day in August, some observe it in March or other months. A very significant day, some countries observe Mother's Day as a holiday. However, in other nations schools and offices are usually open on Mother's Day.

Origin of Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans used to organize festivals in the honor of Rhea and Cybele, mother Goddesses. The United Kingdom and many other parts of Europe also had their own festivals dedicated to mothers. Here it was known as Mothering Sunday.

However, the modern version of Mother's Day, which is widely celebrated around the world, began in the United States in 1908. That year, Anna Jarvis honored her mother by organizing a memorial in her memory at the St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. A well-known figure, Anna Jarvis' mother Ann Reeves Jarvis had tended soldiers during the American Civil War. She cared for soldiers fighting on both sides. In order to address public health issues, she had also established Mother's Day Work Clubs.

Ann Reeves Jarvis passed away in 1905 and since then her daughter was campaigning to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States. The US Congress in 1908 rejected the proposal to turn Mother's Day into a holiday. However, due to Anna's persistent efforts, by 1911, a lot of US states were observing the day as a holiday. However, in 1914, Mother's Day became a national holiday in the United States with the signing of a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson. Today, it is a significant holiday in the country and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and gaiety.

Mother's Day celebrations

Mother's Day witnesses people honoring their mothers in a number of ways. Typically people give their mothers flowers, cards and gifts. Some people also present jewelery to their mothers. Children may arrange surprises for their mother like preparing breakfast early in the morning and presenting it to their mothers on the bed. People also take their mothers out for dinner picnics or to the movies. Special dishes are prepared on the day such as cakes, cookies and pies. The day is observed on a grand scale by schools. To honor mothers, skits, dance and singing performances and other interesting events are organized. Students also make speeches in honor of mothers.

Celebrations around the World

No doubt, Mother's Day is a big day and is widely observed around the world; however, the style, traditions, and dates may vary from one country to the other.

In the United States, Mother's Day is observed on the second Sunday of May, which this year happens to be the 14th of May. People honor their mothers by giving them gifts and cards. Over the years, Mother's Day has also emerged as one of the biggest holidays in the country for consumer spending. It is a day of relaxation for mothers as they are given a day off from their household chores like cooking, cleaning and other such work. In the United States, many feminist and other movements are also launched on the day. For example, in the 1970's, the holiday was used as a platform by the women's groups to spread awareness about the need for equal rights.

Thailand does not observe Mother's Day in May; rather here it is celebrated in the month of August. It is celebrated on the birthday of Sirikit, the current queen of the country. Ethiopians celebrate Mother's Day by partaking a large meal as a part of Antrosht. People sing songs in praise of their mothers. Here Mother's Day is a multi-day celebration and honors motherhood.

In Australia, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. In Australia, Janet Heyden, who was a resident of Sydney, began the tradition of presenting gifts to mothers on the day. People here gift the flower chrysanthemum to their mothers on Mother's Day.

In Belgium, children celebrate the day by making presents at school. They gift these to their mothers on the morning of Mother's Day.

In Canada, Mother's Day is not a holiday but it is a major event. Small celebrations are held on the day and gifts are given to mothers. Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

In the past few years, Mother's Day has become a big event in India. Here Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On Mother's Day, people honor their mothers by presenting them gifts, organizing parties and taking them out for dinner or movies. However, in the country, Mother's Day is still being celebrated in urban centers. In the United Kingdom, Mother's Day is celebrated in March and is known as Mothering Sunday. In Spain, Mother's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. In South Sudan, children follow the same tradition of presenting gifts to their mothers; however, here Mother's Day is celebrated on the first Monday in July.

In Romania, Mother's Day was initially celebrated on March 8 as a part of the International Women's Day; however, since 2010, it has been celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

Last Updated: 2nd May, 2018