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Mother’s Day 2019: Why do we celebrate this special day

Mother’s day is the celebration surrounding the role of the mother in the family. It is to honour maternal bonds, motherhood and role of mothers in the society.

more lifestyle Updated: May 12, 2019 07:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Mother’s day is the celebration surrounding the role of the mother in the family. It is to honour maternal bonds, motherhood and role of mothers in the society. It is usually celebrated on different dates around the world in the months of March and May. It is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in India which falls on May 12 this year. The modern celebration began in the United States, however, it does not coincide with every culture in the world which have their own traditions to celebrate this day.

Mother’s Day celebrations began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis had a memorial for her mother in St. Andrews Methodist Church in West Virginia which now has the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis wanted to commemorate Mother’s Day as a recognized holiday, to her mother Ann Reese Jarvis who was a peace activist. Ann Jarvis took care of soldiers on both sides of the American Civil war and created Mother’s Day work clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honour her mother as she believed that a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

Mother’s Day is celebrated differently throughout the world. A general celebration includes honouring your mother by making her feel special through gifts, cake cutting, handmade cards or other surprises.

Here are some ideas to surprise your mom.

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First Published: May 11, 2019 14:54 IST