Mother's Day is a special occasion, celebrating and honouring motherhood and mum's in your family. It is a time to honour the powerful maternal bond that connects Mother and child and celebrate the influence our Mums have on us as individuals as well as on society. There are so many ways to celebrate Mother's Day, and throughout the world, people celebrate in their own way and on their own special days. However, Mother's Day is most commonly observed in March or May. It complements other celebrations we have in society honouring other family members, for example, Father's Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents Day. Mother's Day as we know it today all started with an initiative from Anna Jarvis in the early 20th Century.
Although our modern Mother's Day celebration is not directly related to other traditional celebrations that honour mothers and that have existed around the world for thousands of year, such as Christian Mothering Sunday (this was originally a commemoration of Mother Church not directly motherhood) or the Greek cult to Cybele, Rhead, the Great Mother of the Gods, or the Roman Festival of Hilaria. But in some countries Mother's Day is still synonymous with tradition and older traditions.
The first modern Mother's Day was celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her own mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church. This church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis' began her Mother's Day campaign in 1905 in the United States; it was the same year her own mother died. Ann Jarvis had been an activist who looked after and looked out for wounded soldiers in the American Civil War. Ann also started a work club she named the "Mother's Day Work Clubs" to speak out against public health issues. Anna, her daughter, wanted to honour her Mother and continue the work she had spent a lifetime undertaking. She decided that it was only fair to set aside a day to honour all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."
For Australian's Mother's Day is traditionally observed on the second Sunday in May.
In 2020, Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Mother's Day In Australia
Where does Mother's Day come from?
As discussed above, Mother's Day started as an anti-war movement; Anna Jarvis is credited with bringing this celebration to all Mother's as a way to recognise the efforts of her own Mother during America's Civil War. It is thought that Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia, started a Mother's Day Work Club to teach other women how to properly care for their children in the early 20th Century. Her daughter Anna wanted to commemorate her work and efforts in her lifetime and kickstarted a campaign for all Mother's to be recognised on one special day during the year.
Why is May 10 Mother's Day?
Each year the exact date of Mother's Day is different, and this is due to Mother's Day always being on the second Sunday in May. Since Mother's day is not a public holiday (although we think it should be), it is always celebrated on a Sunday so all of the Mums out there can 'relax' and enjoy one day dedicated to them.
Who founded Mother's Day?
Since motherhood and maternal bonding has been celebrated throughout history in many different ways, it is hard to actually pinpoint who founded Mother's Day. However, the modern Mother's Day as we know it now was kickstarted by Anna Jarvis to commemorate her own Mother.
Why is today Mother's Day?
We think that every day should be Mother's Day and that mothers and motherhood should be celebrated all of the time and not just on one selected day. Each and every day that you get to spend with your mum, grandma, nana, Mother in law or any other maternal figure in your life is cause for celebration. But giving your Mum one day out of 365 (or 366 in this case) is special. It is a special day where we can all collectively celebrate all of the hard work that Mum's do daily.