Mother’s Day - History, Date, Poems & Songs

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day will be celebrated around the world on 10th of May. Have you celebrated it yet or planning to do so this year? Do you always make a card for your mom for Mother’s Day and get her a gift, but are not sure about how exactly the tradition started?

If you are looking to brush up on your Mother’s Day trivia, read on to know history of mothers day along with some interesting facts & creative ideas that will look great on a card!

Mother’s Day History:

The present day celebrations that are associated with Mother’s Day are not even a hundred years old, if popular traditions are to be believed. It is said that two prominent women, Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe, brought the popular Mother’s Day celebrations into being. At present, Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries across the world, even though it may be celebrated on different dates. Some countries that celebrate Mother’s Day today are the US, UK, India, Italy, Turkey, Canada, China, Belgium, Japan

, Australia, Mexico, Denmark and Finland.

The history of where Mother’s Day actually originated is a little debatable, with both the US and the UK having its own version. So here’s a quick look at how and when Mother’s Day originated, as per both the US and the UK tradition.

As Per The UK Tradition:

The origins of when Mother’s Day started can be traced back to the ancient Greek and Roman era. In the UK, the roots of Mother’s Day go back to a Mothering Sunday that is said to have been celebrated before Mother’s Day was celebrated in the US.

The tradition of Mother’s Day goes back all the way to the 1600s when a Mothering Sunday was celebrated during Lent. It was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent that leads up to Easter. The celebration would begin with a prayer in church to the Virgin Mary. Children would bring flowers and gifts to honor their own mothers.

All employees, including servants and any other employee who lived away from their homes were encouraged during the occasion to take a leave and go and visit their mothers. By the 19th century, the tradition of Mothering Day died out but was again celebrated after the Second World War. It was then that the servicemen from America brought the tradition of Mother’s Day with them to the UK. Various commercial establishments saw it as an opportunity especially after the war, and hence began the tradition of Mother’s Day in the UK as well.

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As Per The US Tradition:

According to the US tradition, the day was first celebrated in the year 1908 when Anna Jarvis had a memorial in West Virginia for her mother. Her mother had passed away in the year 1905, and ever since then she tried hard to make the day known as a recognized holiday. In the beginning, she wanted to dedicate the day only to her mother, but soon the campaign turned into a campaign to honor all mothers. Her mother was a peace activist who was involved in humanitarian work for soldiers of the Civil War.

As a result of various efforts by Anna Jarvis, the day was recognized throughout various states in honor of mothers. The first occasion when Mother’s Day was celebrated was in 1910 in West Virginia, which was the home state of Anna Jarvis. In the year 1914, a proclamation was signed by Woodrow Wilson to officially declare the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. It would be a national holiday to honor all mothers.

How To Say Mother In Different Languages:

You call your mother by the way it is said in your language, but why not try out some variations of the word ‘mother’ in different languages too? Here is a quick look at how languages across the world show their love to a mother:

  • Afrikaans – moeder, ma
  • Albanian – meme
  • Arabic – um
  • Belarusan – matka
  • Brazilian – mae
  • Portuguese – mae
  • Bolognese – meder
  • Croatian – mati, majka
  • Czech – abatyse
  • Danish – mor
  • Dutch – moeder
  • Filipino – nanay, ina
  • Finnish – aiti
  • French – maman
  • German – mutter
  • Greek – mana
  • Hawaiian – makuahine
  • Hungarian – anya
  • Icelandic – mooir
  • Indonesian – induk
  • Irish – mathair
  • Italian – mamma
  • Japanese – okaasan
  • Spanish – madre
  • Latin – mater
  • Macedonian – majka
  • Norwegian – madre
  • Persian – maman
  • Polish – mama
  • Romanian – mama
  • Russian – mat
  • Serbian – majka
  • Swiss – mueter
  • Turkish – anne, ana
  • Welsh – mam
  • Yiddish – muter