Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honouring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day. High technologies like computer and internet have brought a huge revolution in the society which generally shows everywhere. Nowadays, people are highly aware of their relationship and want to honour and respect through celebration. India is a country of great culture and tradition where people give first place and priority to their mother. So, mother’s day celebration here is of great importance for us. This is the day when we can realize the caring love, hard work and motivational thoughts of our mothers. She is a great person in our life without which we cannot imagine a simple life. She is one who makes our life so simple and easy with her caring love.
HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
MOTHER’S DAY AROUND THE WORLD
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country.
In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honouring motherhood.
In India, it is celebrated every year on second Sunday of the month of May in almost all regions of the country. The ways of celebration have been changed a lot in this modern time all over India. It has become an event of big awareness in the society. Everyone wants to participate and celebrate this event according to their own way. It is the indication of the presence of foreign festival in this culturally diverse country. It is a global event celebrated in many countries.
So, through the celebration of mother’s day, we get at least one day in the whole year to spend only for our mothers. It is the time to rejoice and give respect to the mother by understanding her importance. A mother is like a Goddess who never wants anything back from children. She only wants to make her children a responsible and good human being. Our mothers are the motivational and guiding force for us which helps us to always go ahead and overcome any problem.