If you’ve ever wanted to celebrate international Mother’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll discover why this special day is celebrated in over 50 countries worldwide, and how it’s impacted feminist movements.
We’ll explore its origins in North America and the impact it has had on the cause of women’s rights and the environment. Also learn more about its history, and why you should celebrate it, too!
Celebrated in more than 50 countries
While international Mother’s Day is widely observed around the world, it’s actually not universal. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the holiday is celebrated as the birthday of Fatima Zahar.
The first mother’s day was observed in 1957 in Egypt. In other countries, such as Ethiopia, it is observed on the second Sunday of May. Sons and daughters exchange gifts to honor their mothers.
The Japanese celebration is almost identical to the United States. Children give mothers flowers and home cooked meals on this day. Other children make pictures of their mothers and enter them into an art contest.
The first such art contest took place in the 1950s. Some of these children later entered their drawings in the competition, and the winning entries were exhibited on the official website of the United Nations. These traditions have since spread to many other countries.
The holiday’s origins are difficult to pin down. Many historians place the day’s first origins in the United States. In fact, the idea was first introduced by Anna Jarvis, a woman who was involved in the American Civil War.
She was also one of the first to raise funds for the observance of Mother’s Day in the United States. She aimed to create a global holiday to honor motherhood.
Interestingly, the day can be celebrated on many different dates. The first Sunday of May is the most popular, with celebrations occurring across all countries of the world. In Poland, it’s celebrated on the first Sunday of May.
In Germany, it’s celebrated on May 9, 2021. In Peru, it’s also considered a Buddhist holiday, and mothers are honored with religious offerings to the monks. In Peru, mothers also participate in special children’s schools and Buddhist monasteries.
Despite its popularity, the holiday has long been a political issue. While in the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 8, it is not a public holiday in all countries. In Canada, for example, it’s observed on the second Sunday of May. In Mexico and many Latin American countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10, while in Thailand, it’s celebrated on August 12.
In India, the official date of Mother’s Day is May 10th. Westernized Indian households will celebrate on the second Sunday of May. Children will participate in special Mother’s Day celebrations, including giving their mothers delicious food.
Other mothers will visit classrooms to teach their children new things. There’s something special about a mother’s day gesture that you can do for her. You can also honor her by making a special note of appreciation and gratitude for her.
Origins in North America
The idea of a national holiday dedicated to mothers came from an 1872 proclamation by suffragette and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe. In the wake of the Civil War, she campaigned for a day of peace for mothers and children.
In 1887, she and her supporters started a celebration of motherhood in Henderson, Kentucky. They compiled a book of poems and songs and read them to children in the local school.
The tradition of celebrating mothers has evolved throughout the centuries and today is celebrated in many countries around the world. Today, celebrations include custom cards, Mothering Sunday gifts, and special activities. But in its beginnings, the celebration of mothers began as an act of social service by mothers and their children.
Although the holiday has its origins in the domestic realm, its history has roots in wider networks of women and their concerns, such as suffrage and political activism.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated as an unofficial holiday in the United States in 1908. In the same year, the idea of a national holiday was born in West Virginia. Anna Jarvis, known as Mother Jarvis in her local parish, helped start a series of Mother’s Day Work Clubs to raise awareness of the poor living conditions in her community.
The movement also became a powerful unifying force for the region during the Civil War, spurring reconciliation between the Union and Confederacy.
The holiday’s popularity grew significantly in the United States after World War I, though it took time before it became a worldwide holiday. Many countries took the holiday a little more slowly, and were reluctant to adopt the tradition.
Ultimately, it became a commercial enterprise that capitalized on the heightened awareness for mothers. After the war, the tradition was reinstated in the United States. Since then, the traditions of celebrating mothers have continued to spread.
In 1907, Jarvis and her friends gathered in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate their mother’s life. They announced their idea for a national day to honor mothers. The event was celebrated in Grafton’s public cemetery.
After this, the day became a prominent date on the national calendar, and many businesses and restaurants opened on the same day. But Anna Jarvis’ legacy of advocating for mothers did not end there.
Celebrations honoring mothers date back to ancient Egypt. The ancient Greeks worshipped the “Great Mother of the Gods” and made offerings to her every spring.
The Romans had their own goddess, called Magna Mater, who was the mother of all gods. Offerings to her were expensive drinks, flowers, and honey cakes. Today, many women across the world celebrate motherhood on Mother’s Day.
Impact on feminist causes
There is a certain amount of debate about whether the concept of feminism is still relevant. In some circles, women’s movements have never gained mainstream acceptance because the male gender has long held the sex advantage.
Throughout history, women have struggled to achieve equality and to combat oppression. Although some battles have been won, women are still disproportionately affected by violence and discrimination.
The history of the women’s movement began in North America. There, women were allowed to attend school earlier than in Europe and began to question the ways in which society treated women.
These women, who became educated, began to campaign for the end of slavery and the treatment of women in general. The movement began in 1848 with the ‘First Women’s Rights Convention’ and continued its campaign to improve the social status of women everywhere.
Today, women in lower and middle-income countries have better access to antenatal care and are more likely to choose safe delivery care. Feminist initiatives also work to improve the overall health of women.
Canada has committed to spending 0.7 per cent of its GDP on international development, but so far it has not met that goal. In 2019, the federal government allocated only 0.28 per cent of its GDP to international development.
By investing 0.7 per cent of our GDP in international development, we could reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth.
In 1908, thousands of women took to the streets of New York City to protest working conditions. They were working at lower wages, not as organized as their male counterparts, and faced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Fortunately, their efforts were rewarded when a provisional government granted women the right to vote and equal pay. Today, women still face challenges to their rights around the world. However, the impact of International Mother’s
Day on feminist causes has been immense.
Women have been a powerful force for change over seven generations. They have fought for gender equality in the most democratic way possible, making it necessary for our society to work toward achieving gender parity. In today’s world, feminism and equality must coexist, not clash.
The global community must work toward gender equality for peace and prosperity. If the female gender isn’t treated as equal, the entire world won’t be able to flourish.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, women’s rights have been severely compromised. Despite recent improvements, the global gender gap still remains stubbornly large.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report estimated that it would take an extra nine9.5 years to close it. UN Women’s report found that almost one in every two women had experienced violence at some point during the pandemic, with non-physical abuse and denial of basic resources among the most common reports.