The first teachers, the first companions and the first friends – mothers are all the firsts in the realm of love, care, sacrifice and goodness. More so they are also t he best teachers, best companions and best friends. They are the God’s finest creation to make us realize that some things can be good enough to defy all the reasonable logic.
Mother’s Day is celebrated across the globe on different days. In few countries, following the British tradition the day is celebrated in March whereas others following the American tradition, pay homage to motherhood on the second Sunday of May. Many others like Argentina celebrate it in October as well.
The modern version of the Mother’s day has its origin in America.
Anna Jarvis, an American activist was touched by her mother’s death was the driving force behind Mother’s day celebration. On May 10 of that year, families gathered at events in Jarvi’s hometown of Grafton, West Virginia – at a church now renamed the International Mother’s Day Shrine – as well as in Philadelphia, where Jarvis lived at the time, and in several other cities.
Largely through Jarvi’s efforts, Mother’s Day came to be observed in a growing number of cities and states until U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May in 1914 for the holiday.
According to many historians the Mother’s Day “wasn’t to celebrate all mothers. It was to celebrate the best mother you’ve ever known – your mother – as a son or a daughter.”
Jarvi’s idea of Mother’s Day turned out to be a huge success commercially. The event turned into a commercial gold mine centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards – a development which deeply disturbed Jarvis. She set about dedicating herself and her sizable inheritance to returning Mother’s Day to its reverent roots.
The holiday Anna Jarvis launched has spread around much of the world, though it’s celebrated with varying enthusiasm, in various ways, and on various days – though more often than not on the second Sunday in May.
In much of the Arab world, Mother’s Day is on March 21, which happens to loosely coincide with the start of spring. In Panama the day is celebrate on December 8, when the Catholic Church honors perhaps the most famous of mothers, the Virgin Mary. In Thailand mothers are honored on August 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit, who has reigned since 1956 and is considered by many to be a mother to all Thais. Britain’s centuries-old Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday of the Christian period of Lent, began as a spring Sunday designated for people to visit their area’s main cathedral, or mother church, rather than their local parish.
Mothering Sunday church travel led to family reunions, which in turn led to Britain’s version of Mother’s Day.
No matter whenever it is celebrated, the idea is simple. The day is to celebrate and commemorate the love of the mothers who sacrifice their today for their kids.