Mother's Day

09 May 2021

Cultural

Delhi, Delhi

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Mother’s Day is a kind of annual reminder for everyone to drop anything and everything and celebrate selfless souls that we refer to as ‘moms,’ ‘ma,’ or ‘mummy.’ Falling on the second Sunday of May, this day is to let the most important person in your life know how much you love her. Although every day should be celebrated as her special day, Mother’s Day has turned into a grand celebration where moms are treated with utmost love and gratitude by their children and shower them with the love she so deserves. Kids come up with crazy and innovative ideas to make this day extra spectacular for her. It can be anything from boozy brunches to relaxing spa days, an outing with friends, or a surprise party. Remember, nothing comes between the sacred bond between mother and children. Thus, the occasion of Mother’s Day commemorates the pure bond of eternal love between a mother and her child. Celebrated with great zeal worldwide, it is a day when all the family members come together to make this day special for her. 

History Of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was initially celebrated in the 1900s when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her beloved mother Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis in West Virginia, USA. She even started a campaign to commemorate this day as a public holiday in honour of her mother who had died as a peace activist amid the testing times of the American Civil War. For this, various Mother’s Day Clubs were created too and then, eventually, due to her efforts, finally, the first Mother’s Day holiday was celebrated on May 9, 1914. 

In France as well, the history of Mother’s Day dates back to the 19th century. This was a time when the low birth rate and the declining population of the whole country had become a cause of great concern for the government. In these catastrophic times, the idea to celebrate Mothers, somewhat as a symbol of affection, love and, above all, hope was materialized. 

In 1904, mothers were added to the Paternal Union and in 1908, la Ligue Populaire des Pères et Mères de Familles Nombreuses was created with the objective to honour both parents equally. But in 1918, Lyon, a city in France was the first to propose a special day solely meant for honouring and respecting mothers. And then, eventually, the French Government declared it as an official holiday. 

Significance of Mother’s Day

Carrying a baby in her womb for nine months, nurturing it, loving it selflessly, and giving birth to it is an experience that no other person in the world can explain in words. A mother forms a strong bond with her child as soon as she knows of her existence. Even after the umbilical cord is snapped off, this bond continues to grow stronger by the day. The child doesn't need to say, I love you, mom, or the mother to show her feelings for her kids. It is unspoken and always there at the back of the mind. Celebrating Mother's Day is just a way to celebrate the essence of motherhood. Kids can never repay the debt of their moms, who undergo a lot of hardships to rear their kids and make them independent. The celebration of this day is just a way to relish the everlasting bond of affection, love, and care for each other. 

Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday of May month in the US. This annual celebration of the day by kids for their moms is a token of affection for these selfless souls who don the traditional garb of caregivers for the kids. 

India celebrates Mother’s Day for ten long days in October or November during Shardiya Navratri. The Goddess of Mother, Devi Durga, is revered and celebrated in a religious pooja, referred to as Durga Puja

In Japanese culture, Mother’s Day is celebrated in March, when kids give carnations to their mothers as a sense of gratitude. This day symbolizes endurance of motherhood and sweetness in the bond of a mother and child In the UK, this day is celebrated as Mothering Sunday, which falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent. This day is celebrated in Church and is firmly grounded in religion. 

In Ethiopia, this day is celebrated as the Antrosht festival. The entire family gets together, celebrates and sings together, and has loads of fun. 

Gifting Ideas for Mother’s Day

People celebrate Mother’s Day in different ways to do something special for the lady in their lives. It is how you can celebrate the day and make it memorable for perhaps the only person who understands you fully.

1. Give Your Mom Flowers. Fresh flowers will brighten up her mood, and you might get to see a beautiful smile on her face. 

2. Breakfast in Bed. Prepare what your mom likes most and serve her that as breakfast in bed. Let her know that her presence matters to you the most in life. 

3. Surprise Party. What better can be done than throwing a surprise party for your best wingman, or should we say wingwoman in life. Consider inviting her close friends and relatives. 

4. Spend a Day Together. Spend a day with her and make her feel like a queen. Do everything from cleaning to cooking for her. Apart from chatting, you can play games or even watch feel-good movies.

5. Plan a Virtual Game Night. If you are working in a different city, you can always plan a virtual game night where your siblings, mom’s friends, or relatives can join in to enjoy an amazing night of fun and excitement. There will be a lot of laughter and crazy fun, which will make this day memorable for your mom. 

6. An outing with her friends. If your mom misses her friends but is unable to meet them very often, this is the day when you can surprise her by planning an outing with her bosom buddies. It will surely be an amazing surprise soon turning into pleasure for her. 

7. Watch a Mother-Daughter Movie. It is the best day to watch a mother-daughter movie together, share a few laughs, shed a few tears, and experience the sense of strong bond shared.

8. Make Personalised Notes. Write small notes or personalised messages for your mom. Share whatever you feel deep down in your heart and what she means to you in your life. Reading these small endearments is sure going to bring a lovely smile on her face and make her heart grow fonder for you. 

Mother’s Day Quotes

1. "I've got her spirit/She's always got my back/When I look at her/I think, I want to be just like that."

By Lauren Aliana 

2. "Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

By William Makepeace Thackeray

3. "There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas/ Creation's most unique and precious pearls/ And heaven help us always to remember/ That the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."

By Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner

4. “My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.”

By Maya Angelou

5. "It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?"

By Mahatma Gandi

6. “That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you.’ She says, ‘Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.’”

By Lauryn Hill

7. “I realized why I was born and more than anything all of the things I want to pass onto my child, and the best way of doing that is not by preaching or telling her but showing her by example.”

By Beyonce

8. “Personally, I’ve always known that I wanted to go back to work because I’m confident, and I’m certain that my daughter will have a better mother in me if I’m doing the things that I’m excited about and that I’m passionate about.”

By Lisa Ling

9. "For when a child is born the mother also is born again."

By Gilbert Parker

10. "If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"

By Milton Berle

Happiness and sheer joy is when children see their mother smile. If this Mother’s Day, you wish to spend some time reminiscing about the joys of your childhood, plan your travel details with Adotrip. Celebrate this day and bring a lot of joy to your mother by showing her how much you love and care for her. Happy Mother’s Day to all the gorgeous moms in the world, the selfless souls who exert all our strength, time, and efforts to make their children achieve success and happiness in their lives. 

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