Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9th!
If you haven’t already considered buying a gift for your mother or mother figure in your life, now is a good time to start looking. It’s still early enough that you can place an order and have it delivered before the weekend, or go out an pick it up yourself, which technically would give you plenty of time to personalize it with wrapping paper and a handwritten card.
Of course, you could have probably already thought of this and bought a gift that comes with this added touch.
But, with all of this preparation, some people may ask, when did Mother’s Day originate? What other countries celebrate it? And is it celebrated on the same day everywhere?
It’s a little surprising to know that Mother’s Day is actually a global holiday, with many countries around the world celebrating their maternal figures with a day of gifts, food, and general thankfulness. Of course showing mom that you love her is about more than just gifts, but these material tokens of appreciation- everything from a handmade card to a custom diamond ring- all reflect the same emotion, love.
According to the blog Time and Day, In the United States, Australia, and Canada, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Other countries, such as Costa Rica, celebrate months later on August 15th.
Not all Latinx countries celebrate the holiday on the same day either.
According to officeholidays.com, In Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Mother’s Day is actually celebrated on May 10th. One day after it is celebrated in the U.S. A fun fact, according to the same blog, areas with large Mexican populations, such as California, tend to celebrate on May 10th too. So, it isn’t uncommon to see gifts being bought or dinner reservations being made for Monday.
If you are a part of this community, you just earned yourself an extra day to get a gift!
So, how did it start?
According to Britanica.com, the tradition unofficially dates back to the Greek ages. However, the formal invention of the holiday, dates back to 1907 in the U.S., when Anna Jarvis held a private ceremony celebrating her late mother. The following year, the event was made public, and the community was invited to participate. Instead of just commemorating Jarvis’ mother, all mothers in the area, along with their children were invited, so they could celebrate together.
The following year, the trend continued and evolved to what it is today.
It’s important to note that a mother can be any figure in your life who played an important role. Whether it’s your grandmother, an aunt, your sister, or a friend. Whoever you consider your mother should be the special person whom you celebrate on this day.
Here at BoBen Designs we want to encourage you to honor your mother figure with something meaningful, be it loving words or a gift.
Ultimately, Mother’s Day is about showing your appreciation for all of the difficult (and often, thankless) work that moms do for us each and every day.