Being a Mother is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, yet definitely the best job anyone could ask for. The International Mother’s Day 2020 celebrates this exact job, the job of being a mother. Motherhood is a sentiment, made out of millions of individual moments and emotions that a mother weaves together in a bond of truest form of love.
A mother is perhaps the only person who loves its child unconditionally, from her first breath to her last. It is not only about the biological imperative of giving birth but also feeling that connection of raising a child.
International Mother’s Day is a day celebrated to mark this phenomenon of being a mother and to express gratitude to mothers, due to whom the humankind has come into existence, and thrived.
The day is marked to honour mothers, their contributions in raising children, and to acknowledge their efforts in making the world a better place by teaching their children to be better human beings through their sacrifices, efforts, love, care, and numerous other emotions only a mother is capable to experience.
The official International Mother’s Day date came into existence in the 1900s due to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Ann Maria was a social activist and community organizer during the American Civil War era.
Anna Jarvis came up with the idea of International Mother’s Day to honour her mother’s memory, her work, and her efforts in bringing up her daughter. The day has, since then, been observed on 10th May each year, to honour the sacrifice countless mothers have made for their children.
Different countries and regions have their own local versions and different ways to celebrate International Mother’s Day. Cultures around the globe celebrate mothers because they denote the essence of everything life. They are the main caregivers, which makes it the most important responsibility when it comes to nature and nurture.
Mother’s Day in Thailand is celebrated in August, while in Ethiopia, locals observe a multiple-day celebration with a feast known as Antrosht, with songs and dance honouring motherhood.
In many countries such as the United Kingdom and India, International Mother’s day is celebrated by presenting gifts and flowers and giving all mothers a holiday from daily chores to let them enjoy the day celebrated to honour them.
Mayors in France honour mothers by giving them special medals, while people offer presents including jewellery, perfume, and flowers to their mothers. Children in Japan greet their mothers in the morning with red carnations that symbolise mothers’ purity, endurance, and sweetness.
Here are a few lesser-known facts about motherhood, to make this International Mother’s Day 2020 even more special for mothers
1. Gaia in Greek mythology was the first goddess. She is the ‘Mother Earth’, or the first mother, who created herself from the chaos, and gave birth to the universe and the Earth. To this day, the Greek culture, and other cultures around the world teach us the importance of International Mother’s Day in some way or the other.
2. Nearly 800 women die each day from pregnancy-related causes, while many suffer from a disability as a result of childbirth, showing the enduring spirits and willingness to sacrifice everything for their children.
3. The youngest person to become a mother in history was Peru’s Lina Medina, who gave birth to a boy at the age of 5 years and 7 months in 1939. The oldest was Rajo Devi Lohan, an Indian lady. She gave birth to a girl through an IVF treatment in 2008.
4. Currently, there are more than 2 billion mothers in the world. They account for nearly 26% of total world population as we gear up to celebrate the International Mother’s Day 2020.
As they say ‘A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend’, a mother is not a person, but a beautiful bouquet of emotions such as love, care, and understanding. A mother is a child’s home, a precious gem, and without her, they’re incomplete.
Happy mothers day to all the amazing women we know as mothers. You simply deserve all that is beautiful in life!