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Mother's Day 2018 celebrations
March 21, 2018, 1:25 pm

Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognised and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoilt. You might also like to check out some of our Mother’s Day Craft ideas.

Some people think Mothers Day is just another day dreamt up by retailers to make some extra cash, but this special day existed long before the commercial aspect arrived. Mother’s Day has a number of origins around the world, and as each country recognizes Mother’s Day at a time which reflects their original festival, the actual date of celebration varies the world over.

In New Zealand, Mother’s Day dates follow the United States origin, and is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. There are two stories which are attributed to the origin of Mothers Day in the United States, but while they happened several decades apart, they both contributed to establishing this special day of celebration.

In the late 1800’s a social activist named Julia Ward Howe, organised special services and rallies for women to unite against war. In 1870 she wrote a proclamation calling for mothers to unite against war, and tried (but failed) to get formal recognition for a Mother’s Day of Peace. At the same time, another woman named Ann Jarvis was also working in the women’s movement, attempting to improve sanitation conditions for women on both sides of the Civil War.

After Ann passed away years later, her daughter Anna organised a special church service as a tribute to her late mother. The service was held on 10th May 1908, (the third anniversary of Ann’s death), and was to honour all mothers, both those who were living and those who had passed away.

The service became very popular, and over the years developed into a regular celebration. Anna campaigned to ministers, businessmen and politicians to make the day a national holiday, and in 1914 a resolution was passed in both houses of representatives to call the second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in Britain has quite a different origin to that of Mother’s Day in the United States and in turn New Zealand. In Britain, Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) occurs on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly 3 weeks before Easter, and is thought to be the day that masters would allow their slaves free to visit their mothers. It is also linked to a century old practice where children where expected to visit their mother’s church once a year.

Origin of Mother’s Day Around the World

Many countries across the world  have adopted the Mother’s Day celebration based on the United States origin, but many have created other versions of Mother’s Day based on their own national observances. For many countries, the day coincides with the birthday of a Queen, religious festivals, or other women’s days.

How is Mother’s Day celebrated?

There is no one way to celebrate Mother’s Day, although it is common for mothers to receive cards, gifts and special favours such as breakfast in bed. Many churches hold services to honour mothers, and restaurants across the world are packed to the brim for Mother’s Day lunch. Commercial aspects aside, Mother’s Day is a chance for you to do something special, and show mothers everywhere just how much they are appreciated.

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