A Mother’s Love

A Mothers Love

The love of a mother is truly like no other. Mothers continuously give of themselves selflessly, regardless of how exhausted they may feel. These women are real-life superheroes to their children, dedicated to ensuring that their children are happy and healthy. A mother truly is the biggest supporter you will have in your lifetime.

Mother’s Day celebrates a mother’s unconditional love for her children and is recognized annually in about 50 countries across the globe.

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History of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele. However, the clearest modern-day recognition of Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

In the United States, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis organized a memorial for her mother. This event was held at the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. With continued efforts, by 1911 most of the states had started recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday. The second Sunday of May was officially designated as Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day celebrations are intended to express respect, appreciation, and love towards all mothers and maternal influences in our lives.

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Celebrations Around the World

United States

Mother’s Day is now one of the most commercially-celebrated American holidays. According to the National Restaurant Association, it is the most popular day of the year to dine out at restaurants in the United States, with nearly half of all Americans dining out with their Moms that day.

Japan

Japan’s Mother’s Day celebration is symbolically associated with eggs, so whipping up an egg-based Japanese dish is a fun way to celebrate. Some egg dishes include Oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl), Chawanmushi (savory steamed egg custard), and Tamagoyaki (Japanese egg omelet).

The act of giving flowers is also a popular Mother’s Day tradition. Roses typically symbolize love, devotion, and beauty. Red or pink carnations also are popular, symbolizing purity, sweetness, and endurance of motherhood in Japanese culture. Originally, children gave a red carnation to a living mother and displayed a white one if their mother had died. Now, white has become the traditional color. Other gifts include personalized Kanji calligraphy prints, lacquered jewelry boxes, and clothing.

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United Kingdom

The celebration of Mothers Day in the United Kingdom started as a church holiday in the 1500s, known as Mothering Sunday. During the fourth Sunday of Lent, people took a day off of work to attend the church that they were baptized in, known as their Mother Church, to spend the day with their family. This turned into a celebration with flowers, gifts, or Mother’s Day brunch.

The annual celebration includes paying tribute to mothers and thanking them for their love and support. Today, the holiday remains grounded in religion, with many churches handing out daffodils for children to give to Mom. Traditionally, children also bake a fruitcake for their mothers.

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India

Mother’s Day in India is considered a religious event and a time for family reunions. Each October, Hindus honor Durga, the goddess of mothers, during the 10-day festival known as Durga Puja. One story tells of Durga returning to her parents’ home to show off her children. Families spend weeks preparing food, gathering gifts, and decorating their homes for the festival.

On this day, children usually buy gifts, throw parties and express love, respect, and appreciation for their mothers. Usually, mothers are relieved of all their duties and allowed to rest as others in the family take on their duties.

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France

The French celebration of Mother’s Day originated as a historical celebration of women’s equality. In 1904, women became eligible for honor and were recognized as equal heads of the family. And in 1920, the French government declared a national holiday to celebrate mothers’ and women’s equality. Part of this celebration included the government awarding medals to mothers of large families to express gratitude for helping rebuild the population after World War I lost so many lives. And after World War II, the last Sunday was declared to be Mother’s Day.

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Ethiopia

This African country celebrates Mother’s Day with enthusiasm. The Antrosht festival, observed for up to 3 days at the end of the rainy season in early Fall, is dedicated to moms. After the weather clears for good, family members from all over return to their homes for a large meal and celebration. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables and cheese, while sons supply the meat. Together, they prepare a meat hash, sing songs, and perform dances that tell stories of family heroes.

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Canada

The Canadian celebration of Mother’s Day is quite similar to the United States. Gifts like cards, flowers, and chocolates are given, and Mother’s Day brunches and dinners are quite popular. In Quebec specifically, it is custom for French Canadian men to present their mothers and wives with a rose. Many children make handmade gifts in school that can then be presented to their mothers.

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Bulgaria

Bulgarian’s Mother’s Day is incorporated into the country’s International Women’s Day celebrations. Initially, it was only observed by female workers in fabrics, factories, and institutions, but the holiday was officially recognized in 1944. Other countries have adopted this tradition as well; Chile, Croatia, Romania, Cameroon, Bosnia, and Herzegovina all celebrate the two holidays together.

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Honoring mothers on Mother’s Day is the perfect way to acknowledge the unwavering support and infinite love that moms give all year long. There are countless ways to express your gratitude and love towards the maternal figures in your life, like sharing a meal, letting her rest, or giving special gifts.

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