A Sunday Special Word of Exhortation and Encouragement:- Some Facts about Mother’s Day Celebrations.
We have been celebrating Mother’s day ever since we got to know what it meant to us. But have you ever bothered to find out where this special day dedicated to mothers originated from?
I know many of us don’t really know its origins, but we celebrate it every year. So I took some time off my busy schedule to do a little research into the origins of Mother’s Day celebrations to share with you my cherished readers.
I hope it will be of immense benefit to you especially having to explain it to your children as well. Indeed I have really learnt a lot from this research.
1. Where did Mother’s Day Celebrations come from?
Mother’s Day was celebrated by the Greeks and the Romans in ancient times by worshipping Goddess Rhea and Cybelle. Another popular belief is that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the US.
A woman named Anna Jarvis wanted a special day dedicated to mothers since her mother expressed this desire.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the US, in 1907 when Anna Jarvis wished to commemorate Mother’s Day as a recognised holiday to honour her mother, Ann Reese Jarvis who was a peace activist and had passed away three years prior.
The word “mom” or “mother”, on the other hand, is a slightly different story and it’s widely believed that the word was born from the much older word “mamma” which itself can be traced back to the 1500s in English. This, in turn, can be traced back to Latin where “mamma” meant “breast” or “teat”.
2. Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is an occasion which is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor, and love towards mothers. The day is an event to honor the contribution of mothers, acknowledge the efforts of maternal bonds and the role of mothers in our society.
In the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year.
The idea started in America when Anna Jarvis held a small memorial service for her own mother on 12 May 1907.
Lots of other countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times of the year as well.
Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world, in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day.
Countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, Ghana and many others.
Mother’s Day in Ireland falls in March, unlike the American Mother’s Day, which is held in May.
The Irish Mother’s Day stems from the mid-lent Sunday, when the Church gave the faithful a break from the strict adherence to lent (though in Ireland this has been transferred to St Patrick’s Day). That is why in the UK mother’s day is celebrated earlier than in America and right here in Ghana.
Great Britain was one of the first countries to establish a day to recognize mothers.
3. What is the best flower to give on Mother’s day?
With all the different meanings it is no surprise that the Carnation is, therefore, the most preferred flower to give on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day and Carnations are inseparable.
4. Special Mother’s Day colours.
Green represents the protective nature of mothers, while yellow alludes to their optimistic outlook towards life and for their children.
Pink captures their compassionate and nurturing side and red focuses on their passion and empowerment drive.
The Mother’s Day Corsage.
If your mother wears a white flower, it indicates her mother is deceased. If she wears a red or pink flower, it indicates her mother is still alive.
5. What Animal Symbolises Motherhood?
Most commonly, bears represent power, motherhood, and fortitude.
6. Is Mother’s Day Celebrations Biblical?
While Mother’s Day is a relatively new holiday in modern history, the Bible does not directly address the holiday of a Mother’s Day in its verses, but rather often addresses the celebration of motherhood and mothers.
7. Mothers Day Scripture And Quotes From The Bible.
Here are a few quotes from scriptures to support how important mothers are to the world.
• “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12
• “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’” – Proverbs 31:28-31
• “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father.” – Leviticus 19:3
• “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” – Genesis 3:20
• “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” – Proverbs 31:25-28
• “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.’” – Luke 1:46-48
• “A gracious woman gets honor…” – Proverbs 11:16
• “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” – Proverbs 1:8-9
• “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…” – Deuteronomy 4:9
• “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” – John 19:26-27
• “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 66:13
• “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8
• “And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” – Luke 2:51
• “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4
• “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
• “Then the mother of the child said, ‘As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So he arose and followed her.” – 2 Kings 4:30
8. Show Mom You Care.
As you celebrate your mother today, know that she is one of the best things that every happened to you. She brought you into the world so show her some love… show her that you care!
Here are a few things you can do today to show your mom that indeed you are also the best thing that ever happened to her. Show her some love!
1. Say it when she does something for you. Moms do so much for us.
2. Sing it. Say, “I love you, Mom!”
3. Tell her how helpful her advice has been in shaping you into what you are today.
4. Go along with a bottle of wine and cook a good meal for her.
5. Dedicate a song to her on the radio.
6. Call and tell her “I Love you Mom!” and wish her well if you cannot be with her physically.
7. Pray for her! Tell God to bless and keep her always under his banner of protection. If she is deceased, tell God to keep her warm and cozy in Abrahams bosom until you meet again.
Here is a favourite song dedicated to all mamas by Shirley Ceasar: https://youtu.be/CLC5GHptzYs
Mother’s are great assets to mankind, they are very special and must be treasured like priceless jewels.
Today is the day so show them mamas out there some love!