Mother’s Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. But today, it is mostly known as a time for gifts, cards and outpourings of love and appreciation :). In United States,Greece,India etc, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May (i.e Today) and in some other countries like Spain,Hungry,Portugal etc celebrates on first Sunday in May.
Can you believe, Mother’s Day turns 100 this year. And in this long run, the true reason to come up with this holiday has faded.
The original intention of Mother’s Day was to have a day honoring the sacrifices women made for their families. In early 80’s Mother’s day in U.S was mostly marked by woman’s peace group. A common activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought and died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. In 1868 – Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” whose purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War”, and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular.
After her mother’s death and overwhelmed by all the support message – Anna Marie Jarvis with the help of a Philadelphia merchant called John Wanamaker established Mother’s Day. She campaigned to establish Mother’s Day as a U.S. national holiday, and later as an international holiday.
Personally, i think we should show our appreciation and love often to our mothers. Why wait for today or why do we need a reminder saying – OK, it is Mother’s day, go on gift her something so that she knows you remember her. Wishing them today will of-course mean a lot but if we talk to them now and then, make her feel that we think of them should be enough. I am sure, she will like it too!
By the way, if you liked the image i created, you can download it from here and use it as a wallpaper.
Hope you like it too, Mom. 🙂