On Mother’s Day, each person within a family offers a gift, card or remembrance to the mothers and maternal figures in the family.
Celebrated worldwide in April-May, the modern version of Mother’s Day is observed every year on the second Sunday in May each year.Barring a few it is celebrated all over the world on the same day.
It first began in the 20s in the United States as a celebration in modern times, to honour mothers and publicly acknowledge their contribution to society and the human race.
Celebrations in earlier ages, especially in Rome and Greece, were more along religious lines. Initially hailing the Mother Church the idea later extended to motherhood and mother figures. Some countries even today follow this practice, though most have preferred to adopt celebrating the modern way.
How did it begin?
Anna Jarvis was born to Granville Jarvis and Ann Jarvis in May, 1864 in West Virginia. She was tenth among the thirteen children of the couple, most of whom passed away prior to her birth.
Ann Jarvis, her mother, was a social activist who founded many Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, and was a source of strength to her community, especially during the American Civil War. She was active within the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church Community. In 1876 during one of the Sunday school lessons, she closed the lesson with a prayer stating,
“I hope and pray that someone, sometime will found a memorial Mother’s Day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”
A daughter who followed her mother’s footsteps in the observance of religion and activities of the church Anna Jarvis took up her Mother’s dream and after her mother’s death on May 9th 1905 she had a memorial in her Mother’s name in 1908 considered as the first time that a Mother’s Day type of celebration was publicly observed.
In 1910 a wealthy Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker helped her as a founder of his church to celebrate and promote the event on May 8, 2010. She pursued the matter to make Mother’s Day more publicly known and celebrated widely. In 2014 it became a reality with President Woodrow Wilson announcing it as an official national holiday in USA.
Though there have been others before Anna Jarvis who had tried to make the observance of Mother’s day of public interest, they could but succeed only locally.
Countries worldwide while celebrating the occasion, have given their own touches to the event over the years.
In India, the reverence is to liken a Mother with God, as a creator and one who nurtures a living being. Though not religious in observance it is more a thanks giving to mothers for the love and affection that they shower and hailing the institution of motherhood. In some regions of the country Saraswati Pooja Day is also observed religiously as Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated every year since inception purely on account of commercial gains through its observance. In the US, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days after Christmas and Easter when the sales of flowers, especially carnations and greeting cards have increased to exponential levels. It is also a holiday when the maximum number of long distance calls, are made.
A heart-warming remembrance that acknowledges Mothers and their invaluable presence in the world on a particular day each year, it is but a small gesture paying homage to that beloved feminine symbol of love and affection and the much revered institution of motherhood.
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