Mother's Day Celebration Origin

Happy Mother's DayCredit: <!-- HTML Credit Code for Can Stock Photo--> <a href="">(c) Can Stock Photo</a>This special celebration has the meaning of honouring our mums or any other maternal figure. A small token of appreciation for their constant love and caring towards us. It is the one day dedicated to them, while the rest of the year our unstoppable mums still do everything for us.

Mother's day is celebrated on various dates in different part of the world.

This tradition originated in United States and specifically in West Virginia, in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a public service memorial to honour her special mother, who died three years before, and all the other mothers at Andrews Methodist Church.

Anna Jarvis' mum was a social activist, an energetic and proactive woman, who understood the needs of her community and helped in any way she could. She continually strived to help mothers, and she was also the founder of Mother's Day Work Clubs, which aimed at helping, feeding and clothing wounded soldiers with neutrality and not worrying if they were Union or Confederate soldiers.

Anna JarvisCredit: Wikimedia Commons

Anna campaigned to have this celebration widely recognised throughout United States and in 1914 she succeeded, as President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May, the national Mother’s Day.

This special day was also adopted by other countries around the world.

Unfortunately by the 1920s, she became disappointed with the over commercialisation of the holiday and said:

"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. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment."

Anna Jarvis
Mother's Day cake
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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

In addition to the several activities that can be done on Mother’s Day, such as family picnic, outings, going to restaurants etc., one thing that most people do is write a card and give a gift to their mums.

Some popular gifts, a part from home made ones, usually given by younger children, are flowers, chocolates and perfumes.

The most traditional type of flower for this occasion is still the carnation, as a remembrance of Anna Jarvis' mum, who loved these flowers.

Carnations have been accepted as an appropriate flower because of their purity, endurance and sweetness of their scent.

The white carnation was Anna Jarvis choice of flower, which eventually came to symbolise the memory of a mother that had passed away, while pink and red ones are for honouring those mums that are still here.

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A Whole Day Of Gifts

This mother's day, if you wish to give your mum something different, than the usual flowers and chocolate, what about a whole day of quality time?

For many years your mum has given you all the time in the world and helped you with anything you needed, if you really love your mum, show your gratitude, give her a special day that she will never forget.

If you still live at home, surprise her with a nice breakfast in bed, have the house cleaned up for her, so that she can relax, take her out somewhere or spend the day doing an activity that she enjoys.

If your mum is still active and she likes going out for meals,  you could surprise her with a day full of 'adventures'.

Pick her up in the morning, take her out for brunch, or high tea, then off to get a facial, a pedicure or a massage, if you know that she enjoys those. If you are a daughter, you could even go and have a pampering session together, then have a nice walk or a visit to something she is interested in. Later in the evening, you could go to the theatre or watch a film. Tell her you love her and appreciate her for all she has done for you.

If your budget doesn't stretch that far, pick only one or two of these activities or you could organise a picnic lunch and offer her a home made pedicure or facial. I believe that whatever you organise, she will be happy to spend time with you.

If you have siblings, you could share the activities, if you prefer to have one on one with her or spend the time all together and have a great day with your beautiful mum.

Whatever you choose, make it really special and when you write your card for her, follow Anna Jarvis suggestion, don't buy a pre-written one, write it yourself from your heart, she deserves it.

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