The Extraordinary Mother’s Day Holiday: Important Worldwide

December 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Family Issues

The Mother’s Day holiday is quite familiar to many people, maybe most people, as a day of celebrating love and appreciation for moms everywhere. More and more commonly this also means honoring the people in our lives that have been like mothers to us as well. Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times from culture to culture for a number of reasons; here is an overview of some of those dates and their history.

The celebrations of the present- day U.S. and many other countries date back to an essay penned by Julia Ward Hose in the 1870s, and later when Anna Jarvis promoted setting an official holiday in the early 1900s. The earliest origins of the modern Mother’s Day, however, may lie in the society of the ancient Greeks. The Greeks held a festival in those days that functioned to honor mother goddesses, and human mothers by extension, every year around the vernal equinox. After the Romans took power later on, they continued this tradition.

In the United Kingdom, the date on which Mother’s Day is celebrated each year is related to the timing of Lent, whereas Canada and the United States always celebrate on the second Sunday of May. The second Sunday of May is, in fact, the choice of 82 different countries on six continents. Overall, May is by far the most popular month in which to set Mother’s Day, with 104 countries choosing to celebrate sometime during the fifth month.

In other nations such as Bulgaria and Ukraine, Mother’s Day celebrations take place on March 8th to coincide with the observance of International Women’s Day. Still other locations, including Egypt, observe Mothers’ Day on March 21, the spring equinox; this may just be a throwback to the original festivities so many centuries ago. In the same way, other days are frequently picked to coincide with the local culture’s established festivities of mothers, much like many other well known holidays.

In other nations such as Bulgaria & Ukraine, Mother’s Day festivities take place on March 8th to coincide with the observance of International Women’s Day. Still other places, including Egypt, observe Mothers’ Day on March 21, the vernal equinox; this may just be a throwback to the original festivities so many centuries ago. In the same manner, other days are frequently chosen to coincide with the local culture’s established occasions of mothers, much like many other well known holidays.

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