It is a fact that Mother’s Day is a celebration of honoring our mother recognizing the importance of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of all the mothers in the world. It is celebrated most commonly in the months of May. Early Mother’s Day celebrations date back in ancient Greece to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. Years later, the United Kingdom has “Mothering Sunday” which was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized. In the United States, celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century.
Sources online say that the modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.
Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.
Mother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. It is an annual event but is held at different dates in the calendar, depending on the country. Why is it really important to honor our mothers once in a year? The answer is simple. Mothers are the so-called caretakers of a family. Depending on where you live, without mothers, you might have not survived in this world at all.
Much like your father how provides through labor and work, your mother tends to most, if not all the duties within your home though the modern world has contributed much of the change, mothers have also become part of the labor force but sooner or later, there’s nothing that compares to a mother’s care. Mothers in the animal kingdom care for their young from birth to adulthood just as much as mothers in the human world.
And if not for mothers, you won’t even exist because you started in her womb. Until you were born, mothers have already nurture us to prepare us for life. They truly deserve a day to be happy that our moms have been with us always despite of the situations the world has given each and every one of us. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world!
“Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.” -Charles Stanley