How to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Today is the traditional Mother’s Day. But how should you celebrate it? We’ll discuss the traditions, gifts, and origins of the day. You might even learn a little history along the way. Let’s take a look at some of the most important women in history! After all, they’ve made history! But who are these women and how do they fit into Mother’s Day traditions? Find out by reading this article.

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Traditions

Traditionally, children would pick flowers on their way to church and give them to their mothers. Nowadays, flowers are still the go-to gift for Mother’s Day.

In Medieval times, apprentices would get the day off and would make a special cake for their mothers. Simnel cake was a rich fruit mixture with layers of almond paste and marzipan balls. Modern Mother’s Day celebrations include a traditional brunch, lunch, or dinner for mothers.

In 1908, Anna Jarvis gave away 500 carnations during the first Mother’s Day celebration. This custom was adopted by many religious services. Later, carnations became a common gift. Regardless of the meaning, carnations are considered the traditional flower for mothers and are one of the most popular flowers given on Mother’s Day.

Many religious institutions began distributing them to honor mothers. In the United States, approximately 120 million cards are exchanged each year on Mother’s Day.

While the US celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, the UK celebrates it on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Different countries have different traditions regarding this day, but they all share a common purpose: honoring mothers. For example, in Australia, Canada, and the UK, celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May is common. In the United States, many cities celebrate Mother’s Day on the third Sunday of Lent.

Historically, Mothering Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent, originated in the Christian tradition. It was a time when young house servants returned home to spend time with their mothers.

This religious tradition evolved but remains rooted in tradition. Today, churches hand out daffodils to children, and girls traditionally bake fruitcakes for their mothers. It is not a day to forget about your mother, though.

Flowers

When choosing a flower for a Mother’s Day celebration, think beyond the classic rose. While red and pink roses are traditionally associated with romance, white and cream flowers are a better choice if you want to convey your affection and thanks.

These three flowers are available in several colors and are a traditional gift for Mother’s Day celebrations. Pick one or combine them to create a unique arrangement. If you’re not sure what to pick, try tulips for a springtime look.

If you’re wondering what kind of flowers to buy, look for an online store that offers a wide range of beautiful bouquets for Mother’s Day. Orchids, hydrangeas, and sunflowers are all lovely options for this celebration.

Although many floral shops only carry flowers for Mother’s Day, you can find flowers for this occasion year-round, no matter the season! You can even send an early delivery of flowers so your recipient will not even notice that it’s Mother’s Day yet.

Choose flowers that represent the mother’s role in the family. Consider sending a red tulip for Mother’s Day as it symbolizes a mother’s love. A gerbera daisy is an ideal choice for a mother’s day bouquet as it conveys warmth and innocence.

Chrysanthemums are also popular flower choices for Mother’s Day celebrations, as they have the word mum in them.

White carnations are a traditional choice and are popular in many cultures. In the US, carnations were traditionally given to mothers, but in the mid-19th century, they became the official flower of Mother’s Day.

However, in some cultures, mother’s day celebrations are not officially recognized. In China, however, the tradition of giving carnations for Mother’s Day has gained momentum. Some families even cook meals for their mothers to surprise them with.

Gifts

A bouquet of fresh flowers will add an extra splash of color to your Mother’s Day celebration. You can choose a modest bouquet, and add it to a basket of chocolates, other presents, or a handwritten note to make your Mother’s day extra special.

Whether your Mother loves flowers or not, you can choose a bouquet that will make her day! This Mother’s Day, give her something she’s never had before.

If your mother loves music, a playlist or a subscription to an online streaming service like Spotify are the perfect gifts. Many mothers love to read but don’t have time to do so. Give her a book to read – or an ebook – as eBooks are much easier to carry than paperbacks!

You can also get her a stylish laptop case to use while working at home. Whatever you choose to buy for her, she’ll be sure to be delighted!

Whether your mother prefers chocolate or not, flowers can express your sentiments and emotions. Lilies are a traditional gift for Mother’s Day but choose a variety that reflects her personality.

Lilies are a statement-making gift, while carnations are a great choice for a more feminine personality. Orchids, on the other hand, bring strength, wisdom, and charm.

If your mother is pregnant, don’t forget to get her a gift that she’ll love! Even though she’s probably stuffed with gifts, she’ll appreciate a nice scrumptious treat! You can also get her a membership to the cooking school America’s Test Kitchen! And don’t forget to include three balloons with her bouquet, as she’ll love them!

Origins

The history of the Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to ancient Greece and Egypt. The goddess Isis was worshipped and her annual festival celebrated the ideal mother.

In ancient Greece, the goddess Rhea was worshiped, and offerings included flowers, honey cakes, and expensive drinks. Throughout history, mothers have been regarded as holy and revered, and many countries now honor them on Mother’s Day.

In the United States, Anna Jarvis, a mother who died during childbirth, took up the cause of celebrating mothers in her own way. She began by passing out 500 white carnations at her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia.

In 1908, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate, and it was killed by a committee, 33 to 14. In 1909, however, Mother’s Day services began in 46 states, Canada, and Mexico.

While the origins of the Mother’s Day celebration are unclear, there are a number of ancient customs and holidays dedicated to mothers. Ancient Greek and Roman festivals paid tribute to the goddess Rhea, who was associated with Cybele.

In the 16th century, England celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide. Although its origins were obscure, the celebration of motherhood has become a well-known tradition.

Jarvis, an activist, and mother who helped to popularize the modern Mother’s Day soured on the commercialization of the holiday. In 1920, she even tried to get the day removed from the calendar so that people would no longer buy gifts for their mothers.

Despite her attempts to stop Mother’s Day from becoming commercialized, Jarvis continued to fight against it until her death in 1948.

Origins in the United States

The Origins of Mother’s Day in the United States began as a memorial service for Anna Jarvis’ mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She wanted to honor her mother by holding a public event that would honor all mothers.

Her mother had started a women’s group, which encouraged friendship and healthy living. Her campaign was successful, and on April 11, 1914, Mother’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.

The idea of honoring mothers was first suggested by Ann Reeves Jarvis, a young woman from Appalachia who devoted herself to teaching children. In 1868, she organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs and a committee to create a national memorial.

Jarvis, a former school teacher, had been concerned about the high infant mortality rate in Appalachia and wanted to help women combat the problem. She also proposed the idea of a Mother’s Day “friendship day” in honor of mothers who helped the wounded soldiers.

The celebration of mothers was originally a Christian holiday. After the Civil War, Jarvis’ mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a suffragette, worked to mobilize mothers to help with children. Anna Reeves Jarvis’ petition to the church superintendent was granted and the first Mother’s Day celebration was held in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908.

The event was attended by forty-seven people, and Anna Jarvis arranged white carnations for every patron. Her supporters wrote letters to politicians, businessmen, and evangelists to urge the establishment of a national day to honor mothers.

The commercialization of U.S. holidays began very early. Nine years after the first Mother’s Day, commercialization became rampant. One of Jarvis’s descendants, Anna Jarvis, spent her entire inheritance fighting the abuse.

She also denounced the practice of buying greeting cards on Mother’s Day, which she saw as a sign of laziness. She was later arrested for disrupting the celebration.

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