Every year, there is a special day to honor mothers and celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds as well as the important influence of mothers in society – It’s Mother Day.
Mother’s Day 2021 is just around the corner. However, there is still much confusion around the date due to the constant change in the date in different years. So, what exactly is International Mother Day celebrated and why does the date keep fluctuating?
Which date is International Mother Day?
Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world. The meaningful day is regarded as a universal thing that different cultures put a day aside to celebrate the act of motherhood, to pay tribute both to the miracle of birth and to the wonderful woman who performs that miracle so excellent: your mother. However not everywhere has Mother’s Day on the same day.
Generally, people in several parts of the world celebrate Mother’s Day most commonly in March, April, and May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, including Father’s Day, Parents’ Day, Grandparents Day, and Siblings’ Day.
In most countries, people celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This is considered the most common date for Mother’s Day around the world. Some outstanding countries are the USA, Australia, most European countries, India, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Philippines, and South Africa.
While the second Sunday in May is widely known as International Mother’s Day, there are some exceptions to this rule. The United Kingdom chooses to celebrate their Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of March, also called Christian Mothering Sunday. In Thailand, Mother Day was on 15th April and then changed to August 12. It was done to commemorate Queen Sirikit’s birthday. The queen is known as the Mother of all Thai people. Most Arab countries choose March 21st as Mother’s Day.
In many countries, Mother’s Day is often known as a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in America. When the day was adopted by other cultures and countries, Mother’s Day was given several meanings. Those meanings are associated with different events and also celebrated on different dates.
For many years, some countries already got existing celebrations honoring Mother’s Day. Until now, their celebrations have absorbed some external traditions from the US holiday. For example, you see that many people will give carnations as well as other gifts to their mothers.
The history of Mother’s Day
Mother Day has its origin dating back to 1908 when at a church in Grafton, a woman named Anna Marie Jarvis organized a memorial in the honor of her mother.
Anna Jarvis: The woman behind Mother Day
Actually, Anna Marie Jarvis’s campaign to make Mother Day recognized in the United States started in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, died. According to Wikipedia, the mother Ann Jarvis was a social activist and community organizer during the American Civil War era. It is said that this woman expressed a very strong desire for a day just dedicated to all mothers around the world. She is recognized as the mother who inspired Mother’s Day and also known as the founder of the Mother’s Day movement.
After Ann’s death, her daughter, Anna Marie Jarvis, recalled her praying for someone to set a day to honor and memorialize mothers during a Sunday school lesson in 1876. Anna also joined in a mission to make Mother’s Day widely and officially recognized in the United States.
In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected the proposal to set Mother’s Day as an official holiday to honor mothers, with their joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day”.
However, with so much effort during many years, Jarvis was successful in founding Mother’s Day. She officially became the founder of Mother Day when her proposal was accepted by the United States in 1911.
In 1914, a proclamation signed by Woodrow Wilson designated Mother’s Day. According to the proclamation, Mother Day is held on the second Sunday in May and recognized as a national holiday to honor mothers.
When is Mother’s Day 2021?
This year, people will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Mother’s Day of 2021 is on Sunday, which means children will have more time to be with their mothers, with family. Show gratitude to your moms with some meaningful gifts for mothers, for example, beautiful shirts for Mother’s Day or lovely cards with your best wishes for moms. Be with her and create different activities to celebrate the day. Hope you have a memorable Mother’s Day with your beloved mothers!