10 Things You Need to Know about Mother’s Day

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mother's day the day of our heart

Honor your father and your mother,

That your days may be long in the land

That the Lord your God is giving you

(Exodus 20:12)

Mother’s Day is an annual event which represents a special day for many people. It is a day when we can show special appreciation towards our mothers and all mother figures worldwide. Depending on the country, it’s held at different dates during the year.

You can find many different ways to celebrate this day including giving flowers, cards, Mother’s Day poems, or making cakes for your mom. Give your mom chocolate, accessories, jewelry, or handmade items. You can organize family gatherings, common branches, and lunches at home, but you can also go to her favorite restaurant or café. Or just choose to spend a day with your mom at the movies.

It is a special day. Use it in a special way.

When Mother’s Day Is?

The date of Mother’s Day is not the same each year. In the U.S., it’s held on the second Sunday in May, which means that so the date slightly changes each year. I have to say that it is not actually a federal holiday, but many people in the U.S. celebrate it. This day is a unique opportunity to honor women who raised us and all other women who are important in our lives.

If you are not sure what day is Mother’s Day 2018, you just need to

look at the calendar. This year, Mother’s Day 2018 is being celebrated on Sunday, May 13. Celebrate this day ready to make your mom’s day.

[Relevance: When is Father’s Day]

History of Mother’s Day

History of Mother's Day

Centuries ago, ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated their mothers and motherhood. For a long time, Christians celebrated a festival ‘Mothering Sunday’. In many parts of Europe

including the United Kingdom, there was a tradition of celebrating the Mother’s day on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Initially, this particular day was a time when people returned to the church, in which they had been baptized. People came to their hometown and families were reunited on that day. During the time, it started to be customary for young servants in large houses to get a day off on Mothering Sunday and visit their mother.

In the beginning, it was a time when the faithful went to the main church near their home, for a special Mass. Over time this festival started to be a more secular holiday. During the 1930s and 1940s, it became the American Mother’s Day, which made this holiday popular again.

Mother’s Day Background

The modern Mother’s Day as the tradition in the U.S., established three extraordinary women. The first one, Julia Ward Howe, called people around 1870 to celebrate Mother’s Day each year. She sponsored this event for ten years in Boston, until her death.

The second one was Juliet Calhoun Blakely who inspired a local day dedicated to mothers in Albion, Michigan during the 1870s.

The third Mother’s Day pioneer was Anna Jarvis. She held a private Mother’s Day celebration in 1907, in memory of her mother, at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis cared for wounded both northern and southern soldiers during the American Civil War. She also established Mother’s Day Work Clubs as a way of solving public health problems.

The next year Anna helped to arrange a church Mass which attracted 407 children and their beloved mothers. Anna Jarvis established the Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration for a mother and her family. The symbols of that day were white carnations and international Mother’s Day shrine dedicated to the keeping of motherhood.

Which U.S. President Made Mother’s Day an Official National Holiday?

Made Mother's Day an Official National Holiday

Owing to the efforts of Madam Jarvis, all U.S. states noticed the holiday by 1911. Some of them like West Virginia, officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday. In order to promote that day as an annual holiday, Anne Jarvis established Mother’s Day International Association in 1912.

The persistence of this fantastic woman paid off. The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was the one who signed a decree on May 8, 1914, which designates Mother’s Day as a holiday in the US. He established the second Sunday in May as a day when we give honor to our mothers.

However, Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Stores and organizations are open or closed that day, depending on the State, and public transport systems work by their usual Sunday schedules.

 After Mother’s Day became a national holiday, Anna Jarvis had become revolted with the commercialization of this holiday and even started a campaign against Mother’s Day profiteers. Unfortunately, Anna had disowned her favorite day before she died in 1948.

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world’ (Anna Jarvis)

Mother’s Day around The World

Mother’s Day is a holiday of motherhood. People celebrate it in many countries in the world in different ways according to their tradition. For many people around the globe Mother’s Day is a religious holiday associated with the Virgin Mary.

This day is held on the 2nd Sunday of May in the U.S., Australia, and Canada. Russia and some ex-communist countries celebrate International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day. In the UK, the date of Mother’s Day is linked to Easter, and they celebrate this day according to the lunar calendar.

The Eastern Orthodox Church in Greece celebrates the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple on February 2 (by the Julian calendar) in honor of mothers. The Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates ‘Materice’ (mother day) at the end of December, two weeks before Christmas (January 7 of the Gregorian calendar).

Mother’s Day is also an annual holiday in Georgia (March 3), Thailand (August 12, the birthday of the Queen Sirikit), Arab countries (March 21), Costa Rica (August 15), and Samoa (second Monday of May).

This day was also a date for different political causes. For example, Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife Coretta Scott King used Mother’s Day 1968 to organize a march in support of underprivileged children and women.

Every one of us should find an enjoyable way to spend this day with their mother. I will give you only a few ideas, but choices are endless. Let’s start!

The Most Popular Mother’s Day Movies

Mother's Day Movies

I know that you can spend Mother’s day with your mom in the restaurant or to make a party for her. However, you can consider the possibility to spend this special day with your mom away from other people and crowd. Imagine her happiness if you dedicate the whole day just for her. Pick your favorite ‘mom’s’ movies and organize your private marathon. It sounds like an excellent idea to me. I wish Happy Mother’s day to all the moms.

 

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) is a famous Woody Allen’s movie about the family relationships which define us. Enjoy in the marvelous roles of Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest. The exciting surprise is that Maureen O’Sullivan, their mother in the movie, is actually Farrow’s real-life mom.

The Piano (1993)

Spend time watching this tender tale of a mute pianist mother Ada (Holly Hunter) who raises her daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin) located in a faraway corner of New Zealand. Flora is the only person in the whole world who can truly communicate with her mother. Rejoice and weep with your mom while watching this fantastic movie together.

In The Good Old Summertime (1949) is one of my favorite old movies with Judy Garland. She is a saleswoman in a music store who writes heartfelt letters to her pen-pal but doesn’t realize that she actually write to her unpleasant co-worker (Van Johnson). Don’t miss the final scene with Liza Minnelli. This movie is her on-screen debut.

Knocked Up (2007)

Alison (Katherine Heigl) spends a passionate night with Ben (Seth Rogen). Ending up pregnant, she decides to keep the baby. Enjoy her desire to (unsuccessfully) change the man and to make him according to her criteria.

Brave (2012)

Believe me; your mother will enjoy this animated adventure of Scottish princess Merida (Kelly MacDonald) and her mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). When her mother decides to find her a husband, Merida flees to the woods, and her mother turns into a bear by a magic spell. Like in real life, a lot of problems bring mother and daughter closer.

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) is an up-and-coming star. Her career is ruined because of her drug addiction. After rehab, she ends up with her mother (Shirley MacLaine) as an appointed caretaker. It’s s an amazing story about a mother-daughter relationship. I highly recommend this film for this special day.

 Steel Magnolias (1989)

Imagine a movie with Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts, Shirley Mac Laine, Olympia Dukakis, and Sally Field on one place! The friendships formed in the small Southern town transcend class and age and last a lifetime. Please, don’t miss.

The Parent Trap (1998)

Lindsay Lohan plays both twin sisters Hallie and Annie who were separated at birth after their parents divorced. After meeting at summer camp, they make a plan to switch their places and meet the other parent. Spend some time enjoying this classic movie with your mom. You won’t regret.

The Most Tender-Hearted Mother’s Day Poems

There are a bunch of touching and heart-warming poems which are connected with this beautiful day. If you are talented (a little bit effort will be enough; your mother will undoubtedly be pleased with every verse you write for her), write a poem specially designed for her. That unique gift will delight her more than any expensive greeting card you can buy at the store. Let’s try. There are some samples of poems some children have devoted to their mothers.

 Mother's Day Poems

 

A Mother’s Day Poem by Christina Rossetti (1839–94)

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome

Has many sonnets: so here now shall be

One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me

To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,

To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee

I learned love-lore that is not troublesome;

Whose service is my special dignity,

And she my loadstar while I go and come

And so because you love me, and because

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath

Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:

In you not fourscore years can dim the flame

Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws

of time and change and mortal life and death.

 

A True Angel by George W. Zellars

A mother is special; she’s more than a friend.

Whenever you need her, she’ll give you a hand.

She’ll lead you and guide you in all that you do.

Try all that she can just to see you get through.

I want to say thank you for all that you do,

Please always know mom, that I love you.

 

Never Enough by Reanna Almeida

Sometimes I know the words to say to give thanks for all you’ve done,

But then they fly up and away as quickly as they come.

Who paints the world a rainbow when it’s filled with broken dreams?

Who explains it all so clearly, when nothing is what it seems.

Thank you for the gifts you give, for everything you do,

But thank you, Mommy, most of all for making dreams come true.

 

Roses for Mama by Lynn Casstevens

For you see, today is mothers’ day

And I can’t visit my mom

For it wasn’t very long ago

The angels came and took her home.

Would you pick a dozen of your best?

And deliver them for me?

Would you take them to my mother?

And tell her that I love her.

Tell her that I miss her.

 

Mother’s Day by Kody Welch

Mom I know we’ve been through a lot

But to this day I have not forgotten

All the things you have done for me

Opening my eyes and letting me see

All the rights and wrongs in life

And help me battle my everyday strife

To know your love is a great feeling

Thinking of it helps me with dealing

And on this special day

I will always say

That I love you in each and every way

You are the perfect mother for me.

Mother’s Day Songs Which Warm Every Mother’s Heart

You can always buy flowers for your mom, make a beautiful present for her or buy one of these interesting Mother’s day cards for her. Maybe it’s a good idea to enrich your moments before going to the restaurant or even on a weekly trip with your mom with one or more creative songs your mother loves.

It is not so hard nowadays, thanks to YouTube. They have made a list of twelve songs connected with the mother’s theme, which have got the most significant boosts in daily views since 2012. They include metal, hip-hop, country, and Latin pop to the list. The first one is ‘A Song for Mama’ – Boyz II Men, and it is probably not a surprise for you, but some of them are a pretty shocking choice.

Anyway, you can find a complete list if you want to. Here, I will give you a list of my favorite songs connected to Mother’s day. You can enjoy my list, but you can make your own too. The choice is on you. I wish Happy Mother’s day to all the moms.

 ‘Mother’ – Pink Floyd

‘Lady Laura’ – Roberto Carlos

‘Majko sve ti opraštam’ – Šaban Šaulic

‘Mother’ – Danzig

Χαρισ αλεξιου – μητερα, φιλη μου παλια

‘Mama’s Song’ – Carrie Underwood

‘Amor Eterno’ – Juan Gabriel

‘Mi novia se me está poniendo vieja’ – Ricardo Arjona

‘Señora, Señora, Señora’ – Denise De Kalafe

‘Mama Said’ – The Shirelles

‘Hey Ma’ – Cam’ron

‘The Mother’ – Brandi Carlile

‘Nobody Loves Me But My Mother’ – B.B. King

‘Your Mother Should Know’ – Beatles

‘When You’re Good to Mama – Queen Latifah

Mother’s Day Quotes for the Nicest Gift Card

Mother's Day Quotes

 

There are a lot of smart people who devoted their wisest and tenderest thoughts to their moms. If you are looking for an exceptional way to show your mother, but also your grandmother, sisters, or a friend how special she is for you, pick out one of these lovely quotes and add it to a personalized gift for that extraordinary woman in your life.

I am giving you my favorite ones, but you always can make your own choice. I wish Happy Mother’s day to all the moms.

As is the mother, so is her daughter (Ezekiel 16:4)

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother (Abraham Lincoln)

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child (Sophia Loren)

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation (Mark Twain)

My mother is a walking miracle (Leonardo Dicaprio)

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother (Theodore Hesburgh)

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother (Oprah Winfrey)

A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s (Princess Diana)

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind (Michael Jordan)

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom (Henry Ward Beecher)

Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children (Maxim Gorky)

Before becoming a mother, I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved (Kate Samperi)

There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss (Saleem Sharma)

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path (Agatha Christie)

Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate (Charlotte Gray)

This is what we do, my mother’s life said. We find ourselves in the sacrifices we make (Cammie McGovern)

Men are what their mothers made them (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother (Lin Yutang)

That best academy, a mother’s knee (James Russell Lowell)

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his (Oscar Wilde)

Mother’s Day Sermons for Our Beloved Mothers

 There are a lot of sermons dedicated to our moms, but I will share my favorite with you today. It was made by Michael Mccartney a few years ago. I entirely agree with him. I wish Happy Mother’s day to all the moms.

Go, Mom!

My mother taught me Religion; When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed – You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.

My mother taught me logic from her decisive words – Because I said so, that’s why.

My mother taught me foresight – Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.

My mother taught me irony – Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about.

My mother taught me about stamina – You’ll sit there until all that spinach is finished.

My mother taught me about the weather – It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.

My mother taught me the circle of life – I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.

My mother taught me about Behavior Modification – Stop acting like your father!

My mother taught me envy – There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have a wonderful Mom like you do!

Thanks, Mom!

Mothers Day is not primarily about being a mother and receiving the honor, but thanking God for the mother he gave you and giving honor. The people giving honor should include all moms. Persons receiving the honor as moms should also be giving honor to their God-given moms.

Mothers are a gift from God, and every last person has one. So Mother’s Day is really a holiday for everyone, a day for thanking God for his goodness in giving us mothers, and an occasion for letting that gratitude play itself out in tangible expressions of special honor.

(Sam Crabtree)

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