How Mother’s Day Started?


Mother’s have a profound influence in one’s life; whatever nationality or community you belong to. It is the mother who nurtures and nourishes you and bring you to this world. Thus, the bond that you share with your mother is unexplainable.

Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to all the Mother’s in the world. A day for motherhood, motherly bond, their sacrifice, and all the contribution they have made for humanity. It is a day to commemorate and thank every mother for all that they have done for their children.


When is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day varies from country to country depending on their culture and tradition. While it is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in countries like the USA, India, and Australia, the day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent in European countries.

But in most of the countries, Mother’s Day falls either in March or May, except for a few countries like Thailand, Russia, and Indonesia where it is celebrated in August, November, and December.

Where did Mother’s Day Originate?

Mother’s Day first originated in the USA to celebrate motherhood and all the contribution made by mothers to humanity. It was first established by Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, who wanted to dedicate a day to honor all the mothers. Her efforts paid off and the second Sunday of May was declared as Mother’s Day all over the USA.

When was the First Mother’s Day?

The first Mother’s Day was officially declared on May 9, 1914, by the then American president Woodrow Wilson. The President issued a proclamation according to which the second Sunday of May will be celebrated as Happy Mother’s Day all over the USA.

What is the History of Mother’s Day?

Every country has its own history and tradition associated with Mother’s Day. It is believed that the ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated Mother’s Day as a day to honor their goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

History of Mother’s Day in the UK

The actual history of modern Mother’s Day can be traced back to the Europeans who celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is the time when the believers would return to their Mother church to pray and seek blessings of the almighty. Since people had a chance to meet their family especially the mother on this special day, the day gradually started celebrating as the Mother’s Day in the UK.

In due course, children started gifting their mother with Mother’s Day gifts and flowers, and thus the celebration gained more popularity.

History of Mother’s Day in the USA

In the USA, Ann Reeves Jarvis was considered to be the pioneer behind the modern Mother’s Day. Upon her mother’s death in 1905, Ann conceived a day for Mother’s to celebrate the sacrifice they made in bringing up their children.

Ann joined with a Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker and organized a Mother’s Day celebration at the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church at West Virginia, where her mother taught the Sunday school. A small ceremony was held in the church which was followed by a bigger celebration in a nearby auditorium.

Ann wanted to see the special day marked as a national holiday in the USA. Thus, she started campaigning for the same. In 1912, many town and cities in the USA started celebrating Mother’s Day. As a result of her continued effort, in 1914 president Woodrow Wilson signed a declaration celebrating the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day all over the country.

But there were many early Mother’s Day pioneers preceding Anna Jarvis, who wanted a day for the Mother’s for various reasons. During the years before the Civil War in the USA, Anna Jarvis’s mother Ann Reeves Jarvis started a ‘Mother’s Day work club’ to teach the mother’s to take care of their children.

These clubs played a crucial role in unifying the country that was divided over the civil war. A ‘Mother’s friendship day’ was organized by Jarvis in 1868 to bring together the soldiers of civil war as well as the Mothers for reconciliation.

Another pioneer of the Mother’s Day was Julia Ward Howe. In 1870, Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation to unite all mothers to promote world peace.

Mother’s Day Celebration Around the World

Mother’s Day date and celebration vary from country to country depending on their culture and tradition. But the majority of the countries celebrate it along with the USA on the second Sunday of May. This has got to do with the widespread commercialization of the day.

In Thailand, the Mother’s Day is celebrated to mark the birthday of their queen, Sirikit and it falls in August.

In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is celebrated for three days. It is a day of family gathering and feast where the traditional dishes of the country are made and shared among family members.

In Mexico, the Mother’s Day falls on a fixed day, i.e. May 10th. It is a day celebrated by both men and women to honor their mothers, and as per the tradition, the children should be present in the house on the eve of Mother’s Day.

In ex-communist countries like Russia, Serbia, and Uzbekistan the Mother’s Day coincides with the International Women’s Day.

How is Mother’s Day Celebrated?

Gifting is a part of Mother’s Day celebration in almost all countries. While some celebrate by gifting flowers and cakes, others, especially those who are far away from their mother, send Mother’s Day cards. In a few countries, family members even get together and have meals to share a close bond with their mother.

If you are planning to send flowers to Dubai on Mother’s Day, there are a number of online shops that offer this service. Few even offer same day flower delivery Dubai. Thus, you do not have to spend a lot of time searching for the right Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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