Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. The holiday has a long and fascinating history, with roots in many different cultures and traditions.
The holiday has been celebrated in some form since ancient times. Some of the earliest celebrations included the Greek cult of Cybele and the Roman festival of Hilaria.
Mothering Sunday in the UK
In the United Kingdom, the modern version of Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday, originated in the 16th century as a day to honour the “mother church” and the faithful. It was a day when people returned to their “mother” church for a special service.
Over time it evolved into a day when servants were allowed to return to the parish they were born in, with their children and other relatives joining the festivities. Due to the rarity of such occasions for family gatherings, the focus gradually shifted to visiting one’s own mother instead of just the mother church.
Today, it’s celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is a time for families to come together to honour and appreciate the love of their mothers and maternal figures.
Mother’s Day in the United States
Mother’s Day in the United States was first celebrated in 1908, thanks to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honour her own mother, who had passed away. Jarvis campaigned tirelessly for Mother’s Day to be recognised as a national holiday, and by 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation acknowledging the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
The holiday quickly gained popularity and has since become a widely recognised day to express love and gratitude for mothers and maternal figures in the US and many other countries around the world.
Ultimately, Mother’s Day is a day to show appreciation for all that mothers do and to honour the sacrifices and love that they provide.