Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and the sacrifices they make in the name of motherhood. Unlike other holidays which have a fixed date (ie: February 14 for Valentine’s Day, or the 4th Thursday in November for Thanksgiving Day), Mother’s Day varies depending on the country. However, it is usually celebrated during the 2nd Sunday of March or May.
Mother’s Day (as we now know it) was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia (USA). A lady named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and began a campaign to make Mother’s Day one of the recognized holidays in the United States – and this happened in 1914. Following the success of Mother’s Day in the United States, the practice of “honoring mothers” was soon adopted by other countries.
On Mother’s Day, mothers usually receive a gift, a card or a special treat (breakfast in bed, foot massage) from the immediate members of their families (usually their husbands and their children). It would be nice though, if mothers were made to feel special any day of the year – and not just on Mother’s Day.