International Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world. However, its origins are not as universal as they seem. Anna Jarvis, a British peace activist, opposed the commercialisation of the holiday, and many of her fellow activists are still against it today.
To this end, she fought for a more traditional and meaningful day for mothers to honour their commitment to their families. Here are some countries that celebrate motherhood on May 13:
Anna Jarvis opposed commercialisation of mother’s day
When it came to the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis stood out from the crowd. She protested by eating a Mother’s Day salad at the Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia and then dumping the plate on the floor.
Policemen dragged her out of the meeting and arrested her for disturbing the peace. Jarvis later went door-to-door in Philadelphia to collect signatures, but eventually became reclusive and hoarded.
Eventually, Jarvis’s opposition to the commercialisation of Mother’s Day was so strong that she went on to copyright the phrase “Second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day” in order to prevent the phrase from being used for marketing purposes.
In 1926, she was also arrested for her actions against American War Mothers, who were selling carnations to raise money for servicemen. In 1934, the United States Postal Service announced a commemorative Mother’s Day stamp.
Whistler’s portrait of his mother was the basis of the design, but Jarvis fought against it, claiming that the phrase was offensive.
In 1912, Jarvis established the Mother’s Day International Association. The organization’s campaign paid off when President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill, which officially recognized Mother’s Day.
Jarvis had envisioned the holiday as a more personal occasion, celebrating the motherhood of a single individual. She stressed the singular “Mother’s” over the plural. Jarvis became disillusioned when she noticed that commercialization of Mother’s Day had shifted the focus away from the mother and towards gifts.
After years of campaigning against Mother’s Day, she sadly withdrew from public life and died in a psychiatric ward in Pennsylvania. Despite her health problems, Jarvis received hundreds of letters on Mother’s Day from strangers, which she treasured.
It was one of the only times she publicly opposed the commercialisation of Mother’s Day. If she had lived longer, she would have fought for it.
Despite the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis’ original idea of a “pure” Mother’s Day would have lasted much longer. Jarvis’ mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, was a strong and inspiring force behind her movement.
Despite their poverty, she spent her inheritance on campaigning against Mother’s Day. Today, it’s common for families to celebrate Mother’s Day in a simpler way, via video link or by sending a card to the mother of the children.
Traditions vary from country to country
International Mother’s Day is celebrated on various dates in different countries around the world. In Ethiopia, the celebration of mothers coincides with the end of the rainy season and the family gathers to celebrate the day with special meals and events.
Sons and daughters bring gifts, including fruit, meat, and butter, which the mother prepares and enjoys. Children, too, celebrate the day with small gifts, such as flowers or handmade toys.
In India, the festival of Durga Puja honors mothers. This ten-day festival dates back to the sixteenth century and is considered a religious event as well as a family reunion. Families spend weeks preparing gifts, cooking special dishes, and decorating their homes.
Children also visit other mothers, bringing homemade goods and gifts. In India, children also give their mothers flowers and make them a special cake or rangoli.
In Russia, mothers are celebrated on Women’s Day on March 8 – Mother’s Day was originally celebrated on March 8, but the USSR moved it to the last Sunday of November.
Today, however, it is celebrated on March 8th. Mothers are given gifts, given flowers, and are celebrated with cards, meals, and precious time together. Traditionally, mothers are given gifts from children and given a present, while mothers are greeted with hugs and kisses at home.
In the United Kingdom, a holiday called Mothering Sunday was first observed in the 16th century. It was originally seen as a time to return to the mother church, which was usually located in the neighborhood of the home.
However, it later developed into a more secular celebration, where children would offer small gifts to their mothers and other family members. Today, the holiday has become synonymous with the American celebration of Mother’s Day.
In the US, the day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. However, many countries do not observe Mother’s Day on that day. In the United States, the celebration has become a national holiday. The day is celebrated on a number of different dates. Some countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May, while other countries have their own traditional holiday to honor moms.
Origins in the Middle East
The origins of international Mother’s Day can be traced back to the Arab world. Egyptian President Idris Amin lobbied for Mother’s Day, the third Sunday of May, after meeting a widowed mother who raised her son to become a doctor. After her son married and left her, she was left alone to raise her two children.
The widowed mother sent Amin letters of encouragement and the idea of celebrating Mother’s Day caught on. It was then adopted by most of the Arab world.
The tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day in the Middle East dates back to ancient Egypt. The festival was celebrated by floating boats filled with flowers. The celebration was continued by the Greeks and Romans, who merged the celebration with their own festivals honoring spring.
The earliest celebration of Mother’s Day in the Middle East took place on March 21, the first day of the Persian New Year. After that, the Arab world started celebrating it on the same day as the rest of the world.
The origins of Mother’s Day go further back to the ancient Egyptians. In ancient Egypt, the day was celebrated by the Egyptians on the first day of spring. In fact, they used to fill boats with flowers and float them around their cities.
This tradition was passed on to the Greeks and Romans, and a few temples in Rome were decorated with images of motherhood and holiness. The Egyptians also regarded their mothers as saints, and worshiped them as the secret of life. As a result, their celebration of Mother’s Day is a celebration of their love for their mothers.
The origins of international Mother’s Day in the Middle East are not entirely clear. Some people believe that Mother’s Day originated in the Arab world and spread to the western world. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of spring in most Arab countries.
The first day of spring was chosen by Egyptian journalist Mustafa Amin. The idea spread throughout the Arab world, where it is celebrated every year.
Celebrations across the world
Around the world, different countries celebrate mothers on different dates. In countries like the United States and Canada, this holiday honors the mother of the child. In Quebec, men traditionally offer flowers to the women in the family.
In Estonia, mothers are also celebrated on the same day as Father’s Day, although it is not a national holiday. The day always falls on a Sunday. The tradition of gift-giving is widely observed, and the day is also a time when winter is retreating.
In Germany, Mother’s Day was first observed in 1922. It was modeled after a Medieval spring festival that honors new life and the mother.
During World War ll, the Nazi government used Mother’s Day to reward mothers with medals, called Mutterkreuz. A mother could earn the medal if she had four, six, or eight children. In Soviet Russia, a similar tradition is observed.
In Peru, mother’s day is celebrated for an entire week. Children shower their mothers with gifts and attend art performances all week. Free museums are open on Mother’s Day, and children perform poetry and stories for their mothers.
Many children will also shower their mothers with gifts and give them hugs on Mother’s Day. While in Peru, children will also recite a poem or story dedicated to their mothers.
While Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in the U.S., many countries celebrate it on different dates. For example, in Australia and Canada, it falls on the second Sunday of May.
In France and Belgium, it falls on May 9, and the Philippines observe it on May 8. In the United States, it will fall on May 8 in 2022. Although not an official holiday, Mother’s Day is a popular event in countries around the world.
In Mexico, mothers are also honored on Mother’s Day. In Mexico, the holiday falls on the first day of spring. Some countries celebrate the day on May 10th, but it can also fall on any day of the year.
Children often stay home from school on this day. In Mexico, children also stay home from school on Mother’s Day. For the most part, Mexican mothers celebrate on the first day of spring.