All over the world on Mother’s Day, we gather in churches, restaurants, and back yards to love and celebrate our mothers. This year, as you lift a glass of sweet ice tea to mom, dazzle your family with these interesting facts about Mother’s Day:
The Origin of Mother’s Day
The American version of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908, a peace activist who organized a memorial for her mother. In 1905, Jarvis’s mom passed away, and she started gathering support for Mother’s Day; she wished to honor all mothers of the world. President Woodrow Wilson declared it an official national holiday in 1914.
This holiday is celebrated worldwide to express respect, honor, and love toward mothers. Although this is something we’re called to do daily, this day is dedicated to putting mothers first and acknowledging the sacrifices that they joyfully and willingly make for their families. It’s about more than gifts or bouquets of flowers; it’s about letting our moms know how much they’re appreciated.
Mother’s Day Around the World
While Mother’s Day is an international holiday, traditions vary depending on the country.
- Thailand: Mother’s Day always takes place in August on the birthday of the current queen. There are ceremonies and parades, and jasmine is the go-to gift for many.
- Ethiopia: Families gather every fall to sing songs and enjoy a large feast as part of Antrosht, which is a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
- The U.K.: In the early 16th century, the U.K. observed the fourth Sunday of Lent as Mothering Sunday. Families came together to attend their “mother church” for a special service.
It Takes All Kinds of Moms
Maternal figures play a key role in helping us to grow into the person we are today. They comfort, encourage, and provide for us in more ways than we know, and they aren’t limited to who we’re related to by blood; it can be an impactful teacher or lifelong friend! Call your grandmother or mother-in-law and thank them for the sacrifices they made for you and for the people you love. Reach out to the volunteer at your child’s youth group who has become such a strong maternal figure in your child’s life, and thank them for loving your child so well.
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