Mother’s Day 2024: History, Traditions, and Special Ways to Celebrate

Mother's Day: Celebrating Love, Sacrifice, and Motherhood Around the World

A mother is the most important person in a child’s life. She is his or her whole world. When we were younger, we used to run towards our mother if anything bad happened to us or in any kind of problematic situation. As Rudyard Kipling once said, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” A mother cares, guides and protects her kids from everyone and everything. It will not be too much to say that we should worship all our mothers. That’s why we celebrate mothers and their love, care and sacrifices all around the world on Mother’s Day. 

 

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Mother’s Day: The Day to Celebrate Motherhood 

Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday falls on the second Sunday of May according to the Gregorian Calendar. This year it will fall on May 12, 2024. On this day the whole world celebrates their mothers, caretakers, mother-in-laws, step-mothers, grandmothers and aunts who love them. Many people wish their sisters on Mother’s Day considering them as their mothers. Motherhood is the second name for Care, foster and sacrifice. 

 

 

What do People do on Mother’s Day?

On Mother’s Day, people spend time with their mothers so that they feel valued. If someone is not around or out of station they call their mothers to wish and do some chit-chat. According to data by history.com on Mother’s Day, the phone calls are Higher than on any occasion. It increases by 37 per cent.  People send flowers and chocolates to their moms. They throw parties for them.

History Of Mother’s Day Celebrations

The roots of the Mother’s Day celebration date back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Ancient Greeks and Romans used to worship the goddesses of all the gods in their respective cultures, according to the accounts the Greeks and Romans used to celebrate Mother’s Day like festivals to honour the mother goddesses – Rhea and Cybele. Rhea was a Greek Goddess and the mother of the Roman goddesses. She is represented as a maternal figure and is a symbol of female fertility, generation and motherhood. Cybele is a Roman Goddess and mother goddess, she is linked with Rhea Goddess, Motherhood and maternal instincts. 

 

 

Mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May every year. Christians associate it with Mother Mary. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent which comes before Easter. People celebrate this day three weeks before Easter to honour and give thanks to Mother Mary also known as Virgin Mary. People visit churches to meet their ‘mother’ on this day. During the 16th century, this festival spread throughout Europe with the expansion of Christianity. On this day people go to the local churches for service. They give their moms and grandmothers gifts and take a day off to join their family and see their mother. In England and Ireland people go to ‘daughter’ churches the whole year but on Mothering Sunday they visit Mother’s church for offerings thanks to their mother. However, by 1935 celebrations of this decreased throughout Europe. 

 

 

Mothers Day Origins

In the US Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day celebration is linked with a lady named Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908 she established this day remembering her own mother. After the death of her own mother, she worked hard to set a day for her and all mothers in the world. She worked diligently and promoted it, putting all her efforts into it. Finally, President Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday in 1914 in the United States. Her hard work and love for her mother paid off. However After some time, it became more and more commercial and she hated it, calling it a “Hallmark Holiday”. She died in 1948. 

 

 

How to make your Mother’s Day special? Here are some tips:

  • Who doesn’t like flowers? Flowers can make our moods. You can bring or order a handmade bouquet made with her favourite fresh flowers. 
  • Give her breakfast in bed. Who doesn’t want to be spoiled? Sometimes you should let her rest and surprise her by making breakfast and serving in bed. It will definitely make her day.
  • Give her a day off and do her chores. Islt will make her feel important and valued also she will finally get some rest and a break from house chores. It will show how much you love and appreciate her. 
  • You can spend time together with her to make her feel special. You can bring her on a date. Making her feel like the princess she was! You can cook together, watch movies together or spend time looking at old family photos together. 
  • You can throw a surprise party for her. At this party, invite her friends and family, and cook or order your mother’s favourite cousins and sweets. It will make her the happiest person. 
  • Give her a gift that she was willing to purchase for a long time but always delays due to other important things. It will show her how much you care for her. 

 

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