Meaning of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a popular celebration to honor motherson different dates of the year depending on the country.

Mother’s Day dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome, places where spring festivals were celebrated, celebrated through cults of worship to the deities that represented mothers, such as the Goddess Rhea, mother of the gods, or the Goddess Cybele, as the Roman Mother Goddess.

For Catholics, this celebration consisted of venerating and honoring the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. December 8, the day of the Immaculate Conception, is the date for believers to celebrate Mother’s Day. With the passing of time, this celebration grew and acquired a prominent place on commemorative dates, being celebrated in almost all parts of the world, at different times.

In the 17th century in England it was established as Mother’s Day, the fourth Sunday of Lent, called Mothering Day. The employees and servants began to receive that day off with the intention of visiting their mothers.

Later, in the United States, Anna María Jarvis (1864 – 1948), focuses on demonstrating the importance of mothers in societies in which they deserve affection, understanding, respect, love, as a consequence of the death of her mother Ann María Reeves. Jarvis, in 1905, which caused him immense sadness. In 1858, she founded the Mothers Days Works Clubs, campaigning for working mothers and delivering important messages about mothers as people.

Consequently, the date was made official in the United States in 1914, by President Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924). With this, the date became popular all over the world, celebrated by means of gifts, family lunches, surprises, among others, saddening the idealizer of the date, by virtue of the commercial nature that the day ended up having, since the idea was born in order to be with mothers to thank their presence.

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Mother’s Day is considered in many countries as a commercial phenomenon, one of the highest seasons of profit and consumer movement, after the Christmas season. That is why Jarvis, who fought for Mother’s Day to be a holiday, later with the popularization of the date, fought for its elimination.

In English, this expression is translated as Mother´s Day.

See also Father’s Day.