Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. Mother is the first friend, teacher, and the guide of a child and therefore it is important to celebrate Mother’s Day to acknowledge everything she does assiduously for you.
For many of us, our mother is a symbol of strength, unconditional love, encouragement, wisdom, and caregiving. From birth, most of our mothers were the cornerstone of our upbringing. They helped us become the people we are today even when it took a village. So while Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating all of the moms — past, present, expecting, or hopeful — we’re thankful for them every single day.
History of Mother’s Day
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church” — the main church in the vicinity of their home — for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.