Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: The most beautiful word in this mechanical world is “mother”, the symbol of the living god, the symbol of limitless devotion and sacrifice and a perfect symbol of strength and bravery. She is a woman who teaches us the value of independence, the meaning of unconditional love, the importance of patience and faith and of course to find happiness in every single thing. For honoring this special lady of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, the whole world celebrates one special occasion called “ Mother’s day”. The way of celebration may vary from region to region of the world but the reason is same for all.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology and Cybele, ancient Roman mother of the goddess. But it is believed that the modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” First, it is found to be celebrated in the UK. The Mothering Sunday has celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. They honor Virgin Mary after a prayer service in the church. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the early 19th. Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in the US. She is also known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers. She got the inspiration of celebrating Mother’s Day from her own mother in her childhood. Her mother died in 1905.
Growing negligent attitude of adult Americans towards their mothers and a desire to honor her mother’s soared her ambitions. She first celebrated Mother’s day in 1908 at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She and her supporter proposed U.S government to declare “Mother’s day” a recognized holiday in U.S. In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday but the hard work and patience paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Today Mother’s Day is celebrated across 46 countries including India, U.S, U.K, and China etc. People take the day as an opportunity to pay respect to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. The day has become hugely popular and in several countries including urban parts of India. A tradition of gifting flowers, cards, and others gift to mothers on the Mother’s Day become hugely popular. Hallmark is taking full advantage of this day as the festival has become commercialized. I am not opposing this tradition of gifting cards, chocolates but people should understand the true meaning of this day rather than just following others for the sake of fashion and modernization. Celebrate this beautiful day with your mother but let her feel special in every moment of her life not only on this particular day.