Current Mother's Day celebrations include moms being treated to breakfast in bed, receiving bouquets of flowers and being pampered all day long. At least that's what mothers would like, and some are lucky enough to get it. But no matter how you honor your mom on Mother's Day, she is going to feel blessed because being a mother is her greatest joy.
Here are some ideas for honoring the woman who has loved you from the start:
Mother's Day, as we know it, hasn't always been about honoring our moms. It actually originated in ancient Greece and was a spring celebration honoring Rhea, the mythical mother of the gods.
In the 1600's "Mothering Sunday" was celebrated to honor the mothers of England. This was a time when the poor servants of the country were given the day off so that they could spend it with their mothers. Often they would take along a "mothering cake" for their moms to enjoy.
Eventually, as Christianity started to spread throughout Europe, the celebration changed and the "Mother Church" was honored. With time, the church festival merged with the Mothering Sunday celebration and people began honoring their mothers as well as the Mother Church.
In the U.S., Julia Ward Howe, the lyricist for The Battle Hymn of the Republic, started organizing Mother's Day meetings in Boston in 1872. She wanted the day to be dedicated to peace.
In 1907, on the second anniversary of her mother's death, Ana Jarvis from Philadelphia started a campaign for a national Mother's Day. She convinced her mother's church in Grafton, WV to celebrate the holiday on the second Sunday in May. The following year, this celebration also took place in Philadelphia. Encouraged by this, Jarvis gathered supporters and started writing to ministers, politicians and businessmen in hopes of making the second Sunday in May an official celebration of mothers throughout the United States. By 1911, nearly every state took part in honoring mothers on this day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official - Mother's Day was a national holiday to be recognized yearly.
There are only a handful of countries that celebrate the holiday at the same time as Americans do. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, The Netherlands and Belgium all honor their mothers on the second Sunday in May. Other countries have chosen different dates for their own celebrations.
What is striking is that this is a universal theme. Mothers deserve special recognition, no matter what nationality they are. This day wasn't just invented by the greeting card companies and florists to promote sales. After all, where would any of us be without our mothers? Don't forget to honor her this Mother's Day!
In the United States and several other countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of the year. Here are some dates:
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