Mothers Day Say, “I LOVE YOU!”

Mothers Day-It’s Her Story!

Say, “I LOVE You,” on Mothers Day

That’s What Mom Really Wants!

Mothers Day honors Motherhood and shows appreciation to mom for all her hard work and sacrifice.  And we know that Mother’s are often lavished with Mothers Day flowers and Mother’s day gifts on this thoughtful holiday.

But did you know  . . . . That according to a recent survey conducted on a popular radio station, that Over 63% of mothers surveyed, prefer a Spa Day, or Spa Weekend instead of a traditional flowers and dinner celebration for Mothers Day?  Just ask ANY mom . . . .

Mother’s Day Origins:

The history of Mothers Day is based on many traditions, both ancient and modern, and is celebrated in many ways around the world.

The modern creation of Mother’s Day in the west, however, has recent roots.

  • In the late 19th century Julia Ward Howe attempted to establish a sort of Mothers Day for Peace. Howe wanted the day to call for disarmament and the resolution of conflict between human beings.
  • Howe’s idea was based on the work of Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, who in 1858, established Mothers’ Work Days as a means to improve sanitation for both sides during the Civil War.

Anna Jarvis’ daughter, also called Anna, worked towards the creation of a memorial day for women after her mother died.

  • This first Mothers Day” was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908, in a local church. In fact, today this is where you can find the International Mother’s Day Shrine. The Mothers Day custom caught on soon after and spread to the 45 other states.
  • Beginning in 1912, this special day was declared an official holiday in several states. In 1914 the President, Woodrow Wilson, announced the first national celebration of Mothers Day.

Although traditionally the western world celebrates Mother’s Day, the concept is now gaining popularity around the globe.

  • African countries, for example, borrowed the concept from Great Britain, where Mothering Sunday has been celebrated for hundreds of years on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In East Asia Mothers Day is heavily marketed as a commercial holiday based on Mother’s Day in the U.S.A.
  • Many historians believe some aspects of the modern version of Mother’s Day come from the ancient Greek festival of mother worship in which Cybele, the great mother of the gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, are honored.  This festival occurred between March 15 and March 18.

Today, most people celebrate Mothers Day by purchasing or creating gifts for their moms and giving mom a much-needed day off.

Mother’s Day Flowers, chocolates and cards no longer remain the most popular gift choices, but they are appreciated!

Whatever you choose to do for Mothers Day, make sure it is something mom enjoys!

WHEN IS MOTHERS DAY ?

According To These Calendars From Wickipedia, and GiftBasketIdea.org, You’ll Never Miss It!

Gregorian Mother’s Day Calendar:

Occurrence:  Country
February – 2nd Sunday: Norway
March 3:  Georgia
March 8: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Herzegovina,  Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Laos,  Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania,  Serbia, Ukraine, Vietnam
Lent – 4th Sunday: Ireland, Nigeria,  United Kingdom, Bangladesh
March 21 (vernal equinox): Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya,  Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Israeli Arabs,  Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria,  United Arab Emirates, Yemen (all Arab countries in general), Iraq
March 25: Slovenia
April 7: Armenia
May – 1st Sunday: Hungary, Lithuania,  Mozambique, Portugal, Spain
May 8: South Korea (Parents’ Day), Pakistan
May 10: El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala
May – 2nd Sunday: Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei,  Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia Croatia Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Dominica, Italy, Philippines, Switzerland, Ecuador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan, Saint Kitts and Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanganyika, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
May 15: Paraguay (same day as Día de la Patria)
May 26: Poland “Dzień Matki”
May 27: Bolivia
May – Last Sunday: Algeria, Dominican Republic,  France (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day), French Antilles (First Sunday of June if Pentecost occurs on this day),  Haiti,  Mauritius, Morocco,  Sweden, Tunisia
May 30: Nicaragua
June 1: Mongolia (The Mothers and Children’s Day.)
June – 2nd Sunday: Luxembourg
June – Last Sunday: Kenya
August 12: Thailand (The birthday of Queen Sirikit)
August 15: Costa Rica, Antwerp (Belgium)
October – 2nd Monday: Malawi
Oct 14: Belarus
October – 3rd Sunday: Argentina (Día de la Madre)
November – Last Sunday: Russia
Dec 8:  (Feast of the Immaculate Conception):  Panama
Dec 22: Indonesia

Other Mothers Day Calendars – Occurrence:

Country

Shevat:

Israel

BaisakhAmavasya(Mata Tirtha Aunsi):  

Nepal

Jumada al-thani:

Iran

In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to recognize (‘mark’) Mother’s Day.

But, in other countries, Mothers Day is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture.

Having said all of that, Sometimes all mom really wants is to hear you say,

“Thanks Mom!  I Really LOVE You!”