Today, it is quite common to celebrate Mother’s Day by giving her flowers, gifts, and cards. Taking them out to restaurants that often create special Mother’s Day menus or cooking special brunch at home is also immensely popular. While the holiday started off as an effortless way to acknowledge the unsung work so many mothers do, it quickly became commercialized as businesses realized they could capitalize on the love people have for their mothers. In the U.S.A, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill IN 1914 that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, a holiday that was intended to celebrate “the best mother in the world, your mother.”
What makes a Mom the ‘Best Mother’?
Mothers are a bundle of emotions that often times defy reason or logic. So, the ‘Best Mother’s title goes out to all the mothers who have kept awake all night with their infants in their arms, constantly uttering compassionate words, singing lullabies, and caring for, nurturing their little bundles of joy.
All the mothers who cannot control tears from trickling down their cheeks when they hold their babies for the first time in their arms; mothers who gave homes to babies and gifted them a family.
The mothers who scold their kids who eat junk food instead of nutritious meals. For the mothers who defy all odds just to watch her kid perform and repeat to themselves “That’s my child!!” The mothers who taught their children to tie the shoelaces even before they started going to school.
All traditions, however, do ultimately honour mothers and women who have brought peace and improvement to the world. Despite consumerism gradually overpowering authenticity, the day will forever serve as a reminder of what mothers do for us. Even though we should spoil our mothers on any day throughout the year, the denoted day gives us an opportunity to express our utmost gratitude.
The story of this day’s celebration is a long one. It is neither a current phenomenon as many of us believe it to be nor it is the resultant of the gifts and cards marketers’ commercialization. It has been said that Mother’s Day celebration has appeared in the time of ancient Romans and Greeks hundreds of years ago. Even in United Kingdom, this celebration began much before it appeared in the United States. In the United States the significant efforts of Ms. Anna Jarvis and Ms. Julia Ward Howe are hugely recognized for kicking off the tradition of Mother’s Day, however, several other women also contributed remarkably to this cause.
At present, Mother’s Day is commemorated in more than fifty nations all over the world though at different interval of times in the month of May & in some other countries it is observed completely at different times of the year. Today, it has become internationally renowned as the day to honor all the beautiful moms and thank them for their unconditional devotion they pour on their children for the sake of their family and the development of people.
It is believed that the ancient Greeks started the tradition of Mother’s Day by commemorating their annual spring celebration in the honor of Rhea- the mother of many Gods & Goddesses as per the Greek mythology. Ancient Romans also observed a spring festival- “Hilaria” to honor the Cybele- a mother goddess, some around 250 years before the birth of Christ.
Mother’s Day is a time to look around you and be thankful for the cute, sweet little blessings you have been given. It is a day to reach out to the women that paved the way for you; that made the very sacrifices you are now making for your own family. Mother’s Day is a day to look at yourself in the mirror and be proud…proud of the amazing things your body has done to create your tribe, proud of the sleepless nights you have soldiered through, proud of the woman motherhood has shaped you to be. Happy Mother’s Day to every woman out there rocking’ the funnest job on Earth.
As for me personally, I am truly thankful for the phenomenal woman who gave birth to me and I am in awe of her beauty and strength. The truest way to honor her is to be a reflection of her love. I am able to be a good mother to my children because I have the best mother in the world. Like a sponge, I soaked up all of her wisdom and am now able to pour pure love into my own children!
So, this Mother’s Day, I am feeling the bond of being teammates in motherhood with all moms. We are the movers and the shakers, and the world-changers, ladies!
Here is to all the moms: past, present, and future!!