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Mother’s Day – What’s the Origin?

Written by Kushaan Agarwal, a grade 9 student.

This day came into existence in 1908 and was introduced by Anna Jarvis when she held a memorial for her mother at…

By I Kid You Not , in Did You Know Facts to Know History , at May 9, 2020 Tags: , , , , ,

Written by Kushaan Agarwal, a grade 9 student.

There are various days celebrating something or the other throughout the year. But every year, mostly in the month of May, comes the day we all must have heard of, Mother’s Day. A day when we express our gratitude to the person who helped shape us into who we are today. This year, that is in 2020, it is on 10 May, Sunday.

Who started it and when?

This day came into existence in 1908 and was introduced by Anna Jarvis when she held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Anna Jarvis

It became an official holiday in the USA in 1914.

While modern Mother’s day was introduced in 1908, 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.

Surprisingly, later on, Anna Jarvis herself was not satisfied with this day. She even tried to abolish it and remove it from the calendar. Why? Because she felt that she had lost control of the holiday she helped to create and was not happy with its commercialism.

Once, while dining in a restaurant she ordered a salad named ‘Mother’s Day Special’ and when it arrived, she threw it on the floor and stomped on it as a sign of protest.

How is it celebrated around the World?

In Ethiopia, on Mother’s Day, families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honouring motherhood.                      

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.                                                      

In India too Mother’s Day is celebrated by presenting gifts and giving mothers a break from their duties.

What can we as children do for our Mothers?

On this special day, we all should try our bests to make our mothers feel the most pampered. She cares for us every day. She ensures we are happy all the time. So, let us show our gratitude by letting her take a break. Small things, like writing a letter for her, cooking a meal for her, making a card for her also go a long way.

So, let’s together not only make this but every day a special one for our moms!

Written by Kushaan Agarwal
Kushaan is an aviation enthusiast. He loves to play basketball and tennis among other sports

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