Why We Celebrate Mother's Day
“We are born of love; Love is our mother”, stated by the Persian poet Rumi. This quote cannot be true enough. Every task and action that our mothers carry out, are motivated by pure willpower and affection. Each thought and behavior is sculpted from our mother’s never ending love for us. To sum it up– our mothers are immaculate beings with a heart of gold.
Why do we set aside a day to honor the significance of a mother? According to the website History Channel, if we trace back time, festivals honoring motherhood began in the United Kingdom and Europe, where mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele were celebrated and acknowledged. However, the most similar celebration derives from the early Christian festival, known as “Mothering Sunday.” This holiday usually fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and it acknowledged when the faithful people would return to their “mother church”, which was the main church within their vicinity of living. Over time, the nature of this holiday shifted, and children began to give their mothers flowers and other items of appreciation.
The first celebration in America, dates back to 1908, when a young lady named Anna Jarvis held a private memorial for her mother who passed away. Her mother, Ann Reaves Jarvis, was a peace activist who tended medical care to wounded soldiers, on both sides of The Civil War. She created, “Mother’s Day Work Clubs”, to teach women how to properly care for children. Her daughter’s mission was to continue her mother’s legacy, and to set aside a day to honor the hard work performed by all mothers. Mother’s Day was made an official, public holiday in 1914.
Although differing dates, The United States recognizes and celebrates Mother’s Day on the same day as the following countries; Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Belgium, and Japan. Traditions vary across countries, but the significance of the holiday remains the same.