This statement would stir up a debate as many would state that the celebrations are mere show-offs and mothers do not need any special day to be celebrated! True. Mothers do not need any special day to celebrate. We all would admit that if there is any kind of love that is selfless and pure, that’s the love of a mother.
Our mothers work round the clock and every day of the year without any rest to make our lives easy- taking care of what we eat, comforting us in distress, worrying and yet working to shape our future and the list is never-ending. But how often do we convey our gratitude and thank our mothers for everything they do for us every single day? Perhaps just because Mothers’ day has become so popular now and is being celebrated across the world that we take efforts to thank our mothers and make them feel special on the day. But if you believe that mothers’ day is a brainchild of Hallmark to mint more money, then you are wrong. Mothers’ day had existed long before Hallmark even came into existence.
The first recorded custom of celebrating mothers’ day came from the Ancient Greeks who marked a day to glorify the Mother of Gods- Rhea who is the creator of all. They celebrated the day with their finest wines and the tastiest food. The Romans weren’t far behind the Greeks and celebrated the Great Mother or ‘Magna Mater’ in a festival called Hilaria.
Soon Mothers’ Day started getting imbibed in various cultures and countries across the world and in the 1600s when the servants spent a day with their mothers and were completely dedicated to them. However, Mothers’ Day gained the significant limelight through Ann Jarvis who strived to make mother’s feel appreciated for the hard work they do every single day. After her death, her daughter fulfilled her dream by calling the first Mothers’ Day gathering at a local Methodist Church in West Virginia, USA and Mothers’ Day was later signed off as a public holiday in the year 1914 by the then US President, Woodrow Wilson and declared the second Sunday of May as Mothers’ Day. Though Mothers’ Day is celebrated across the World in 46 countries and each has their own unique way of celebrating and different days, the essence of celebration remains the same- glorifying the mother.