The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.
Mother’s Day is a celebration of the Mother of the family, motherhood, maternal bonds including the influence of the mother in our society. There have been many celebrations of mother’s Day and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world for thousands of years.
Mother’s Day is observed by more than 40 countries. This worldwide celebration honors mothers and their motherhood. The date of Mother’s day varies from country to country. This celebration is an annual celebration that occurs most commonly during the months of March or May.
Mother’s day is closely aligned with honoring other family members. These include Grandparents day, Parents Day, Father’s Day, Siblings Day and Children’s Day.
Mother – The Strongest Role Model For The Child
A mother’s role in child’s development is crucial. From the day a child is born, his first interaction is with his mother. His mother is his teacher, he learns from her – learns to walk, learns to talk. A child is his mother’s reflection. His mother is his friend; he plays and spends quality time with her. His mother is his role model; he looks up to and wants to be like her when he grows up.
A child learns how the world works through his mother. His mother is his wealth of information; he learns love, compassion, forgiveness, humanity, equality, kindheartedness, respect, generosity and ethics from her. A mother is an amalgam of emotions. She is a complete package and indeed the best teacher a child could have.