By Rachel Monaghan.
In the UK, every year on the fourth Sunday in Lent we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day was in fact named Mothering Sunday and was a religious day that had no relation to mothers at all! It's association to Easter (and that's why the date changes each year) is the only remnant that shows the religious origins route for what we now celebrate as Mother’s Day.
It began in the 16th century and was a day in which people would return to their original Church (their 'mother-church') and visit their families. This pilgrimage was described as “going a-mothering” and this is where the name Mothering Sunday came from.
The modern 'Mother’s Day' as we know it now began in the US when in 1907 a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis’ Mum had passed away and she wanted a way to honour the sacrifices that her Mother and all other Mothers have to make for their children.
Mothers Day around the World
Although celebrated on different days, many countries and religions have ways to honour Mother's.
Hindus in India, for example, celebrate the goddess Durga, who is also known as the Divine Mother. This celebration lasts for 10 days and during this time people give gifts to friends and family.
Brazil on the other hand, calls Mother’s Day Dia das Mães and it is the second most celebrated holiday after Christmas. They celebrate it with Church gatherings that feature special performances by children and the day is often finished off with huge family barbecues.
In Ethiopia, a massive feast is held in which a traditional hash recipe is made that the children bring ingredients for. The sons are traditionally supposed to bring different types of meat like bull or lamb and the daughters are supposed to bring butter, spices, cheese or vegetables.
You can read more here: https://www.thebump.com/a/mothers-day-celebrations-around-the-world
Mother's, Father's, Parent's and Carer's Days
Some Countries processes and pathways for declaring national observance days can be complicated; for example in the Philippines they originally (in 1921) celebrated Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. In 1937 the Governor changed the name of the occasion from "Mother's Day" to "Parent's Day" to address the complaints that there wasn't a "Father's Day".
In 1980 the President proclaimed the date as both Mother's Day and Father's Day. Then in 1988 it was again changed back to the second Sunday of May, and then Father's Day to the third Sunday of June. Then finally in1998 the President moved to return both celebrations to the first Monday of December.
It certainly can be hard to keep up when Mother's or Father's Day is being celebrated around the world! Thanks go Wikipedia and other time and date websites, you can find a complete list, here are just a couple:
And for all the Pet Parents out there!
On this Mother’s Day the 14th of March 2021, whichever way you choose to celebrate and whoever you choose to celebrate with, we hope your day is filled with love!