10 May, 2018
This year Mother’s Day falls 13th May 2018. As we all know, this day is celebrated to honour our mothers. We may be a mother ourselves or certainly surrounded by women in the family who are mothers as well. For example, you may have your wife, daughter, sister, niece, etc., who may be mothers. So, this day is for all of them, to know that the world honours mothers and the sacrifices they make for their families. Today, though the day varies, it is celebrated in more than 40 countries.
In India, though it is still a new concept, every day is Mother’s Day in our hearts! The mother is a constant throughout our infancy, childhood, teens, adult life and at times, even old age. Whatever age you are, a mother is always a mother and that love is felt in many ways. Maybe we don’t really need another day to celebrate motherhood. However, this concept is now picking up as a trend and people generally buy gifts, take their mothers out, or give them a day off from the routine.
The first known Mother’s day that was celebrated is said to be that one held in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, in a church, which is now known as the International Mother's Day Shrine. Since 1905, when her mother passed away, she had campaigned for a public holiday on Mothers’ Day. In 1914, the second Sunday of May was finally declared as a national holiday for Mother’s Day. Today, though, Anna herself is not in agreement with the commercialization that has crept into the celebrations. Her intention was that people should honour their mothers, through handwritten notes, or homemade cards, and the likes. This intention was somewhere lost along the way.
So, in effect, it is predominantly a US based concept, where mostly there is a culture of kids moving out when they become teens. And it is also common for older people, to live alone or in old age homes. An event like this gives everyone a reason and an occasion to get together with their family and cherish memories. Celebrating mothers held a lot of importance and emotional value for them. Even in the close-knit, joint families, this day would still be a good opportunity to honour mothers.
How to celebrate?
In order to celebrate a mother’s day, you could choose to give a holiday for the ladies in the household. Send them on a Samarth Ladies tour perhaps! You may choose to cook for them, if you can, or order in the food and watch a movie, or pack up and go for an outing. You could prepare handwritten cards and notes and also get your kids and grandkids to do the same for their mothers. Mothers are sentimental - they don't look at the price of what they are getting. When they get something from their kids, especially made by them, they value it as priceless gifts.
You could try and find innovative ways to tell them how much you love them and appreciate what all they do for the family. From the little things to the big things, you could bring out all their unwavering commitment to their family. Though they may not agree or show it, they would certainly love all the attention and the acknowledgement and it would make them feel happy and proud of having raised their kids right!
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