Origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in the US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair.
Mother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wishes. There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mothers Day. The day has become hugely popular and in several countries, phone lines witness maximum traffic. The festival has become commercialized to a great extent.
It is an annual event but is held at different dates in the calendar, depending on the country.
The modern Mother’s Day has been assimilated into Indian culture, and it is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May. Indians do not celebrate the occasion as a religious event and it is celebrated mostly in urban centers while a majority of the population still remains unaware of a formal Mother’s Day.
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and Belgium.