The History of Mother's Day
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, whose mother had organized women's groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother's Day. On May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia. Within five years virtually every state was observing the day,
Why do we celebrate Mother's Day?
Mother's Day is an occasion that is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honour, and love towards mothers. The day is an event to honour the contribution of mothers, and acknowledge the efforts of maternal bonds and the role of mothers in our society.
Mother's Day Dates Across the World
The date of Mother's Day varies from country to country. The earliest day being in Norway and the latest 15th October in Malawi. The date has changed multiple times for certain counties. In Japan, who originally celebrated Mother's Day on the 6th March was later changed as this was the birthday of the Empress Kōjun. In 1949 it was subsequently changed again to the second Sunday of May.
|Mother's Day Date
|Second Sunday in May
|United States, Australia, Canada, India, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Italy, China, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey
|Fourth Sunday in Lent
|Last Sunday in May
|First Sunday in May
|Last Sunday in November
|Second Sunday in October
Are there any Mother's Day Traditions?
There are various Mother's Day traditions that occur across countries. From a Mother's Day cake in Germany to three days of meals, songs and dancing in Ethiopia.
As the world become more widespread digital celebrations have become popular. With video calls, virtual gatherings and electronic gift vouchers becoming commonplace Mother's Day celebrations have become digitally focused.
What's the best gift for Mother's Day?
There is no golden gift, as most Mum's would just be happy with quality time. But given everything they do and will continue to do, gifts that show intimacy are often best. From a little beauty and pampering to decadent foods and treats. We are bound to have something perfect for your Mum.
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Which Country was First to Celebrate Mother's Day?
The United States was the first country to celebrate Mother's Day. This occurred in 1914 when it was officially recognised by President Woodrow Wilson.
Is Mother's Day connected to Ancient Festivals?
Mother's Day shares connections with ancient festivals that celebrated mother goddesses. The Greek and Roman civilizations, for instance, had festivals dedicated to Cybele and Rhea, mother goddesses.