This weekend we will celebrate mothers; and mothers absolutely deserve to be celebrated. If you are a mother I celebrate you, I know firsthand the love, time, commitment, and energy it takes to be a good mother as we mold those precious lives that we have been blessed to steward. Today I share with you how mother’s are celebrated throughout the world!
First let’s take a look at ourselves here in the United States of America. Here the holiday gained its popularity due to the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis; she began a letter-writing campaign to garner support for a national Mother’s Day holiday when her mother passed away in 1905. She persuaded her mother’s church to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death. By 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state, and flowers quickly became a lasting tradition to express love. In 1914, Congress passed a resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, “a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making it an official US holiday.
Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, South Africa and Turkey.
In the United Kingdom it is called Mothering Sunday, the origins of the holiday date back to centuries when it was considered important for churchgoers to visit their home or “mother” church once a year. During Lent, the practice became quiet popular, and in a society where children were often sent off to work in other villages at a very young age, it quickly became a time for family reunions.
The Hindu people of India celebrate for ten days in October in a festival they call Durga Puja. Durga is the name of the goddess who protects the people from evil and is also popularly known as The Universal Mother.
Mother’s day Celebrations in Spain are celebrated on the first Sunday of May. This day is observed throughout the country to honor all mothers. Shops all over Spain make a brisk business selling chocolates, flowers, and greeting cards.
In New Zealand there is a big euphoria over the day; people go out for picnics and dinners. Markets are busy as people buy gifts for their mothers, grandmothers and friends and relatives who are mothers.
In Yugoslavia Mothers’ Day is observed in December. The children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up in bed. When she awakes she promises to give the children gifts that she has hidden in order to be untied.
In Japan young children draw pictures called “My Mother” and enter them into an exhibit. This exhibit of pictures then travels to different countries around the world.
In Sweden they sell little plastic flowers before Mother’s Day. They then use the money made from these flowers to send mothers who have many children to go on vacation.
Mother’s Day, or Dia de las Madres, in Mexico is May 10. It’s a hugely popular occasion with special events sponsored by schools, churches, cities, and civic groups. The family tradition is for sons and daughters to come to their mother’s house on the eve of Mother’s Day. Festive Mother’s Day masses, handmade gifts, flowers, cards, and children’s school presentations are often part of the nationwide observance.
Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 include: Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.
Happy Mother’s Day and many blessings to you! How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day?
This information was gathered from a wonderful site, chock full of Mother’s Celebrations. Learn more at the Holiday Spot web site.