Mother’s Day


How much do you really know about your mother? What is her favorite color? Do you even know her as much as you think you do? Well on May 8th this is your opportunity to get to know her and gift her something, that you know she will most definitely cherish. Yes, you might get into arguments with her but like mother Gothel says, “Mother knows best.”

History of Mother’s Day

The birth of Mother’s Day came to light in 1900s by Ann Reeves Jarvis. She helped start “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” in order to teach her local women how to properly care for their children alongside the efforts of her daughter Anna Maria Jarvis. Anna Jarvis later on wanted to take Mother’s Day off the calendar.  Why you may ask? Well, we will tell you. It was because industries Capitalized and Commercialized Mother’s Day! Anna later on became distressed about the use of her holiday, as it was used for money-making rather than love and devotion. These big companies were making big bank with her holiday. You can only imagine how Anna Maria felt: distressed, sad, disgusted, etc.

Annas’ version of Mother’s Day was different. In the article Mother’s Day 2022, written by editors, it states, “Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. But once Mother’s Day became a national holiday, it was not long before florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on its popularity.” Anna was obviously enraged with this action. She was disgusted with how her holiday had gone from a happy small holiday for families into a worldwide money making holiday. Anna fought to the death with florists, and even charities. This caused her to spend all of her wealth on legal fees. By the time of her death in 1948 she disowned the holiday all together. I’m pretty sure it took a huge toll on her.

Mother’s Day around the world 

Thailand – In Thailand Mother’s Day is always celebrated on August 12th – the birthday of her majesty Queen, SiriKit. Early in the morning the day starts by giving alms to the monks. Following the Thai tradition, kids kneel down before their mothers to show their love and gratitude towards them. The kids also present their mother with white jasmine flowers or garlands.

Ethiopia – In Ethiopia Mother’s Day is celebrated for a span of 3 days and begins on the 2nd Sunday of May. Families gather each fall to sing songs and enjoy a large feast which is known as Antrosht – a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. On this important day there are only two food items enjoyed: ‘hash’ and Ethiopian ‘punch’ (yum!).

This year on Mother’s Day I suggest you get your mother something, but not store bought. Maybe you can try and make the gift which makes it even more special, and cherish-able. This way your mother will want to keep it forever because you were so considerate, patient, and you made it while thinking of when you were younger she cared for you and your siblings.