Happy Mother’s DayIzelle Louw
Mother’s Day Celebration Around the World
Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries around the world. Normally most of the countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in the month of May however many countries celebrate Mother’s Day entirely at different time of the year. Thus the exact date and the way this event is celebrated vary from country to country since the time of Ancient Greece. But whatever may be the date of Mother’s Day around the world, the spirit is the same everywhere. Here is a glimpse of today’s Mother’s Day celebrations as done worldwide.
Mother’s Day is more popularly known as Mothering Sunday, the origins of the holiday date back to centuries when it was considered important for churchgoers to visit their home or “mother” church once a year. During Lent, the practice became quite popular, and in a society where children were often sent off to work in other villages at a very young age, it quickly became a time for family reunions and celebrations that were fondly cherished. Later, Mothering Sunday became a day when children and domestic servants were allowed a day off to see their families. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday remains a time to pay mothers their due rewards for all their love and encouragement with flowers, candies, cards, and other tokens of appreciation.
United States of America
It’s said that Mother’s Day was first suggested in the United Sates by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace after the Franco Prussian War. The holiday gained its popularity majorly due to the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis. Anna began a letter-writing campaign to garner support for a national Mother’s Day holiday when her mother passed away in 1905, with the help of friends, Reaching out to influential leaders, including William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and John Wannamaker, Anna poured out a stream of solicitations for support of the idea. She believed, mothers deserved their own special day and that it would help strengthen family bonds. She persuaded her mother’s church in West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state, and flowers quickly became a lasting tradition to express love on the occasion. In 1914, Congress passed a resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, “a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making it an official U.S. holiday.
Celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May, people thank their mothers and recognize their esteemed efforts in bringing them up and caring for them. There is a big euphoria over the day and people celebrate the day by going out for picnics and dinners.
Mothers’ Day is observed in December. The children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up in bed. When she awakes she promises to give the children gifts that she has hidden in order to be untied.
They sell little plastic flowers before Mother’s Day. They then use the money that they make from these flowers to send the mothers with many children on vacation.
Mother’s Day, or Dia de las Madres, is May 10 in Mexico. It’s a hugely popular occasion celebrated throughout the country, with special events sponsored by schools, churches, cities, and civic groups. The family tradition is for sons and daughters to come to their mother’s house on the eve of Mother’s Day (May 9). Festive Mother’s Day masses, handmade gifts, flowers, cards, and children’s’ school presentations are also often part of the nationwide observance.
Mother’s Day is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and joy. It also falls on the second Sunday in the month of May and is celebrated in a similar fashion as in US. Thus people of Australia take Mother’s Day as an opportunity to express gratitude to their mother and shower their love over them. Children show their love to their moms by gifting some beautiful flowers and cards to them. Just as in US, Australia also has this tradition of wearing carnation on Mother’s Day in Australia. The carnation has a special connotation attached. A coloured carnation signifies that a person’s mother is living while a white carnation is used to honour a deceased mother. Besides their own mothers children honour their grandmothers and other women who love and care for them as a mother does. Thus on this particular day every children show their respect and pamper their mother s and mother figure by treating them with breakfast on bed and with gifts and cakes.