When is Mother’s Day 2018?
Mother’s Day 2018 is on Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Today!
What is Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father’s Day, the celebration honoring fathers.
Mother’s Day around the world
In most countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, among them the USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. One notable exception to this rule are the UK and Ireland, which celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21st (vernal equinox). Most East European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8th. For a complete overview of the dates of Mother’s Day around the world see Mother’s Day on Wikipedia.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in America. When it was adopted by other countries and cultures, it was given different meanings, associated to different events (religious, historical or legendary), and celebrated on a different date or dates.
Some countries already had existing celebrations honoring motherhood, and their celebrations have adopted several external characteristics from the US holiday, like giving carnations and other presents to your own mother.
The extent of the celebrations varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to mark Mother’s Day. In others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture (compare the celebrations of Diwali in the UK and the United States).
When did Mother’s Day begin?
Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making it so.
Is Mother’s Day celebrated on different days in some countries?
Yes. While Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday of May in the United States, Australia and Canada, in the United Kingdom it’s celebrated two Sundays before Easter.
There it’s known as Mothering Sunday. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is always commemorated on May 10 — no matter what day of the week that happens to be.
The holiday is fairly new in China and India — both counties also fête mothers on the second Sunday in May.
In Egypt, their version of Mother’s Day in celebrated on the first day of spring, which this year landed on March 20.
What is Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is a celebration held to honour mums and maternal figures.
The day has evolved into an occasion for kids to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums.
In the UK, it was originally linked to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day.
COUNTRIES CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY ON MAY 13
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Who created Mother’s Day?
Though the origins of what’s now Mother’s Day date to the ancient Greeks and Romans, Anna Jarvis is considered the modern creator of the holiday. Wanting to honor her later mother as well as other mothers, Jarvis organized a celebration at a West Virginia church that drew more than 400 in 1908, according to History.com.
Jarvis, who never married or had children, later spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to newspapers and politicians in her quest to gain recognition for the accomplishments of women. By 1912, several cities and states acknowledged Mother’s Day and in 1914, Wilson made it official.
Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday, though.
In later years, Jarvis changed her tune after seeing the day become commercialized. She spoke out against how Mother’s Day turned into a day for profiteers and even tried to get the holiday scrapped prior to her death in 1948.
“If the American people are not willing to protect Mother’s Day from the hordes of money schemers that would overwhelm it with their schemes, then we shall cease having a Mother’s Day—and we know how,” Jarvis wrote in the 1920s, according to NationalGeographic.com.
Why does the UK have a different Mother’s Day to the US?
In the UK, the original event had nothing to do with mothers at all and it was a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church.
In the past, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.
On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.
The US event was launched separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.
How much do Americans spend on Mother’s Day?
Americans are expected to spend about $23.1 billion on Mother’s Day this year — an average of $180 per person, according to the National Retail Federation. About 86 percent of people in the United States celebrate Mother’s Day in some form.
In addition, an estimated 139 million Mother’s Day cards are sold in each year, according to Cards Direct. That makes it the third-biggest card giving holiday behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Mother’s Day also accounts for about 25 percent of the flowers sold in the U.S. each year.
10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day!
Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
–Hubert Humphrey, American politician
- Bring mom flowers! How about a bouquet with flowers that symbolize your relationship. For example, the day lily is the Chinese symbol of motherhood and orchids symbolize “many children.” Purple irises are also a special choice for mothers, symbolizing faith and hope. Perhaps the most historically-significant flower is the white carnation, which was the symbol that Mother’s Day founder, Anna Jarvis, valued.
2. Give you mother a live plant or tree—such as a rose shrub or geranium or even a fruit tree which will bear apples, pears, or plums.
3. Design an herb garden. If your mother enjoys cooking, how about creating a small herb garden for her? You could give her a design for a small herb garden.
4. Bring mom breakfast in bed! How about a chocolate croissant from your local bakery?Or, wake mom up with this delicious Frittata de Nonna. (Nonna means grandmother in Italy.)Or, delight mom with these easy Strawberry Crepes. Cut the strawberries into heart shapes for extra points!You could also leave her a basket of Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze. Moms are the sweet and the tang in our lives!
5.Cook mom a special meal! Think about her favorite food. Here are some yummy recipes passed down through the generations—made by moms and grandmothers!
6. Bake a cake! Traditionally, children in England always baked a cake for their Mother’s Day—called Mothering Sunday. If you like this tradition, here’s a truly delicious (and better than boxed) cake : Chocolate Mousse Cake. We also love Nana’s Funny Cake.
7. Make a homemade gift. Mothers love gifts from the heart!
8. Give your mother a locket with your photos. Forget about a digital photo gift. Imagine your mother’s delight to have a beautiful locket with photos of her children. She’ll treasure it forever!
9. Give your mother jewelry with your birthstone. For example, if your birthday is in August, give your mother peridot stud earrings. She’ll always think of her dear child when she wears them.
10. Make your own card. In our home, it’s a tradition to make a homemade card every year. Here’s one way to make Homemade Note Cards.
The greatest love is a mother’s; Then comes a dog’s, then comes a sweetheart’s.