Let’s take a few minutes to salute our mothers!
Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries, honouring mothers for the love and service they offer to the mankind. Anna Jarvis, is the founder of Mother’s Day. She was a social activist from West Virginia, religiously active and showed extra-ordinary appreciation and wonder for her mother’s acts since her birth. Once during a Sunday school lesson, she got the inspiration to dedicate a day to honour her mother and mothers throughout the world. She wound up her lesson with a prayer – “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it”.
In 1905, Anna’s mother died (old age), and three years after her death (1908) Anna held a memorial ceremony as a tribute to her mother and all mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. This was marked as the first official observance of Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a public holiday in United States, Australia and few other locations. Religiously, Roman Catholics honour Virgin Mary rather than following the modern Mother’s Day celebrations. In Islamic tradition, there is no such day specially dedicated for mothers, but mothers hold a dominant position in religious matters. For Hindus, the day is known as ‘Matha Tirtha Aunshi’ but it limits to areas in and around Nepal.
The dates observed vary country-wise. The Arabs observe Mother’s Day on 21st of March, as introduced by journalist Mustafa Amin in 1956. Argentinians celebrate on the third Sunday of October, making them the only country to celebrate on this date. Armenians celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8th, they also have taken it up a notch by observing April 7th and ‘Maternity and Beauty Day’. Australians celebrate on the second Sunday of May just like the Americans and the Canadians. In China and India Mother’s day is slowly gaining prominence starting from urban cities, they also celebrate on the second Sunday of May.