Mothers hold a special place in the hearts of people all over the world, and many people have a special day on which to honor them.
The earliest celebrations for a mother were part of an ancient Greek festival to welcome the coming of spring and honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. Later, during the 1600s, “Mothering Sunday”was first celebrated in England. In some areas of the country, servants were given the day off on Mothering Sunday so they could visit their mothers. In other parts of England, people used this day to celebrate the “Mother Church,”which is the main church oh the area. People usually went to the “Daughter Church”in their parish on most Sundays and it was considered important to return to their Mother Church once a year. They would return home to visit their Mother Church and their own mothers as well on Mothering Sunday. Eventually, Mothering Sunday became a day for people throughout Europe and the British Isles to honor both their mothers and the Church.
In the United States, a woman named Ana Jarvis proposed that the second Sunday in May be set aside to honor mothers throughout the nation. Her hometown of Philadelphia was the first to celebrate Mother’s Day on that day in 1908. Ms. Jarvis wrote to churches and business leaders across the country to encourage them to celebrate Mother’s Day in their communities, too. The holiday then became widespread, and in 1914 the second Sunday in May was names as the United States’ official Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is also celebrated in many other countries including Sweden, Mexico, Australia, Japan, China, Canada, and Singapore. Young children and adults celebrate this special day with their mothers, giving them gifts of flowers and candy to thank them for their love and kindness.