Mothers Day or "Mothering Sunday" is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday) in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek  where they would celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses, every spring with festivals of worship and Romans celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC. But the roots of Mother's Day history can also be traced to the UK where Mothering Sunday was celebrated  long before the US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old.Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering american women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher. 

It is unfortunate to note that Ms Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialisation of the day. 

Adapted from http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com/mothers-day-history.html

Let us know how  you celebrate Mother's Day in your country.


Date last modified: Tue 19th May 2015