What is Mother’s Day?
There is one relationship in this mortal life which effortlessly scores above all other known relationships on this Earth. Feeling confused? Don’t scratch your head too much as that extraordinary relationship is none other than that of mother which is truly priceless in terms of her countless love, dedication and devotion towards her family. To acknowledge the presence of all mothers around the globe, mother’s day is celebrated across more than 46 countries of the world. This is truly a special day for the mothers who are mostly under rated in this male dominant society. Let us throw some more lights into the occasion with the help of various detailed information in the form of the origin, reason for celebration, modes of celebration and other such data.
In most countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, among them the USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21st and most East European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8th.
1. How Mother’s Day Started
The story of Mothers Day is a long one. It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe it to be. Nor it is the creation of card and gift marketers syndicate as assumed by cynics of Mothers Day festival. To the surprise of lot many people Mothers Day celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago, but the present day celebration of the Mother’s day began in the year 1908 when Anna Jarvis organized a memorial for her mother Ann Jarvis, a peace activist that used to care the wounded soldiers of the American Civil War. The event was held at the St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virgina which currently holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis began in the task of getting support for the celebration of mother’s day in United States in 1905 after her mother died the same year. She wanted to honour all the mothers of the world who have done a lot for their family and society.
Due to her continuous efforts, most of the US states by 1911 started celebrating the mother’s day as a local holiday and the West Virgina, the home state of Jarvis became the first state to declare the holiday for the occasion in the year 1910. Finally, the Second Sunday of May was officially designated as the Mother’s day in USA and was declared as a national holiday after Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of United States of America signed the proclamation in year 1914. In this way, the present Mother’s day came into existence in USA and the same date is also selected by countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, Singapore, Belgium and a lot more other countries.
Mothers have a special place in a child’s heart, and the relationship that they share is indescribable. There’s an unsaid, selfless love which each mother has for children. She wants the best for her family without asking anything in return—and this perhaps is the biggest trait a mother is endowed with.
On Mother’s Day, which is falling this year on May 13, Sunday, let’s thank our moms for each moment they spend with and on us. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and try to understand how even our gods gave supreme respect and love to their moms.
The divine relationship between Yashoda and Shri Krishna is a vibrant example of how even a foster mother is revered more than the lord’s birth mother Devki. The legend has it that Krishna was Devki’s child, who however was given to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul exchanging daughter Yogmaya by Krishna’s father Vasudeva on the night of his birth. This was done to protect him from Devki’s brother, Kansa, the king of Mathura. Although Yashoda was Krishna’s foster mom, their relationship is much cherished. It was Devki who bore the lord, but Yashoda will always be remembered as Shri Krishna’s loving mother!
Lord Shiva’s consort Parvati along with kids Ganesha, Kartikeya and daughter Ashok Sundari are the best example of a perfect family. Mata Parvati’s relationship with the kids is something which can be looked upon and taken lessons from while dealing with your own kids. It is believed that Goddess Parvati created lord Ganesha on her own, therefore she was loved her child immensely—so much so that when Shiva in his temper severed his head, it was Maa Parvati who got angry and asked the lord to bring back her son to life, no matter what. Therefore, an elephant’s head was placed upon lord Ganesha’s body. Goddess Parvati shared a rich loving bond with her other kids Kartikeya and Ashok Sundari as well.
4. Jesus & Mother Mary
Even Jesus Christ didn’t just appear as an adult, or fall from the sky. He was born of a woman, and had a human mother. The son of God became man of our salvation but only in Mary and through Mary. The archangel announced to Mary of Nazareth that she was “full of grace,” and was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Savior of humanity. It was Mary who first heard and believed in the glad tidings of the savior’s arrival. Virginally conceived, Jesus was born surrounded by his mother’s faith and his people’s hope. Jesus honored Mary as his mother and showed her the love of a devoted son. With her maternal heart, she held a privileged place in his life and mission.
5. Beauty of Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom
It’s important to remember humans aren’t the only ones who take extraordinary steps to protect, nurture and raise their young. The animal kingdom is filled with mothers doing everything for their offsprings to survive and thrive in the wild. From koala bears carrying their joeys in their pouch for the first six months of their lives to the mama polar bear who fasts up to eight months while nursing her cubs.
Here’s a look at few outstanding animal mothers going the extra mile for their young:
- As a baby, the Western lowland gorilla is completely dependent on its mom. The female cuddles and carries her babies almost the same way as humans do.
- The American bald eagle feeds it’s young meat from her prey hunt. She only eats what her chick rejects.
- Seals are able to find their pups by their voice and smell.
- The cheetah stays with her litter for two years. She teaches them how to hunt and avoid predators.
- The Verreaux’s sifaka clings to its mama’s back even while she leaps from tree to tree.
- The solitary humpback whale stays with her offspring for the first year of its life. The mama does not let the calf out of her sight during this time.
- Too small to swim on its own, the baby caiman instead sits in it’s mom’s big mouth.
- When it comes to elephants, a new mom is not alone in guiding her young. Elephants live in a matriarchal society, so other females in the social group help a calf to its feet after birth and show the baby how to nurse.
6. Its not easy to become a Mother
Some Unique Motherhood stories :
61-Year-Old Gives Birth to Her Own Grandson
After learning she was no longer ovulating, and two failed pregnancies, Sara Connell of Chicago was still determined to have a child. In a truly heartwarming gesture, her own mother Kristine Casey offered to serve as a surrogate for her daughetr. At 61, the grandmother passed a battery of tests, and was cleared for postmenopausal birth. When the baby was born, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.