Mother’s Day Celebration is an annual event every year to honour and respect a mother. It is a modern time celebration which was originated in the North America in order to honour the mothers.
It is celebrated to salute the motherhood as well as increasing the maternal bonds to children.
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all,” a famous quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes sums up the eternal significance of a mother.
It is celebrated to increase the influence of mothers in the society. Mother’s day is being celebrated every year on different dates in various countries all across the world. In India, it is celebrated every year on second Sunday of the month of May.
History of Mother’s Day in India :
Mother’s Day celebration was first started in the ancient era by the Greek and Romans. However, its celebration was also noticed in the UK as a Mothering Sunday.
Now the celebration of has been modernized everywhere. It is celebrated in modern ways and not in old ways.
It is being celebrated in almost 46 countries of the world on different dates. It is a big event for everyone when they get chance and opportunity to honor their mothers. We should say thanks to the history which was the reason of origin of mother’s day.
Early Mother’s Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources.
Later Mothering Sunday in the UK was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.
The modern-day origins of Mother’s Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in USA.
Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for 10 years under her sponsorship. But it died out after that.
Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.
Mother’s day International Association :
In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers.
A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.
How Was The First Mother’s Day Observed?
Anna Jarvis, on May 10, 1908 held a public service at Andrews Methodist church, where her mother taught Sunday school for 25 years. She sent a donation of 500 white carnations for all those who attended and that is how the first official Mother’s Day was observed.
Significance of Mother’s Day :
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
The modern Mother’s day began in the United States at the initiative of Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century. This is not directly related to the many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world.
It has existed over thousands of years such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).
Mother – a true hero :
The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world. And rightly so. Throughout history, there has been no dearth of mothers who have not only looked after their children but also played an important role in bringing a change in the lives of many people around the world.
In a male dominated society, these women have carved a special place for themselves by the strength of their resolve and determination, paying equal attention to their activities in and out. They have earned a name for themselves in the process. They are the famous mothers.
In the literature of all countries, motherhood is often used metaphorically to suggest new life. From Kali to Madonna to Aphrodite, the mother figure has been eulogized in several forms in myths and in their various roles as the nurturer, protector and sustainer. In reality, this divine love shines in our hearts and sustains us throughout our lives.
A Tribute to Mother :
It is a Day to pay a tribute to that one person who has made it possible for you to see the light of the world – your mother. Amidst the demanding schedule that modern day life has tied us down with, it is the most opportune moment to tell her what she is in your life, what she means to you.
Mother’s Day is a humble effort to acknowledge a mother’s ever-flowing love and to compliment her unrelenting efforts to meet her child/children’s needs.
Yet again, Mother’s Day 2019 will be a time to honor the warm and generous spirit of a mother who made innumerable sacrifices in a child’s growing-up years.
Though the idea of appreciating one’s mother need not take the shape of a full-blown festival every day, a day honoring a mother’s sacrifice is a deserving tribute to all mothers and mother-like persons.
Mother’s Day is a festival that carries a tone of sublimity and reverence, rather than arousing emotions of plain revelry.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL from Bangalorean.com team.
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
– Rudyard Kipling