International Mother’s Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 28, 2022, 12:29

In India, International Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. In 2021, it was observed on the 9th of May. A mother is a central figure in a child's life, whose place cannot be substituted by any other relation. The celebration of International Mother's Day honours every mother and celebrates the spirit of motherhood.

Why Is International Mother's Day Celebrated?

The idea behind celebrating World Mother's Day is to honour the selfless love of mothers. As the popular belief goes, mothers often do not get enough credit for all the love and sacrifice that they make. Their never-ending contribution to their families in terms of love and care makes them worthy of acknowledgement and a special mention. Therefore, International Mother's Day is a unique and friendly way to remember the spirit of motherhood and to acknowledge every motherly figure in our lives.

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International Mother's Day History

The history of International Mother's Day goes back to the US, where a woman named Anna Jarvis desired the day to be commemorated because of her mother's wish. After her demise, a memorial was held for her at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in West Virginia. Jarvis's way of honouring her mother eventually got picked up by people worldwide to commemorate the day as International Mother's Day.

International Mother's Day Theme

Some of the past themes of International Mother's Day are 'Every mother knows', 'Heart of the mother', 'Love of the mother', and 'touch of the mother.' The idea of a theme for the international day is to conceptualize and acknowledge the idea of motherhood.

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International Mother's Day Significance

Considering the challenging job of a mother, from raising a child to imparting good values to them, international mother's day is a time to celebrate the unending love of mothers towards their children. The occasion celebrates the sacred bond that mothers share with their children.

Dates of International Mother's Day

In India, World Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. However, the dates for the celebration are different all over the world. For example, in the UK, it is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of March, and the Greeks celebrate it on the 2nd of February.

Ways to Celebrate International Mother's Day

Some common ways to celebrate International Mother's Day are buying gifts for mothers or doing something special for mothers and showering affection on them. In some cultures, mothers are relieved of their regular family duties for that day while the family tends to them in her place.

World Mother's Day is a humble recognition of all the love and care mothers show towards their children. It is an exciting and fantastic opportunity for people to tell their mothers how much they are loved and appreciated.

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FAQs on International Mother's Day

Q.1: What led to the inception of International Mother's Day?

Anna Jarvis is believed to be the person behind International Mother's Day. A memorial was held for her in Circa in 1908, almost three years after her death. Her telegram inviting all the attendees explained the significance of the day.

Q.2: Do all countries celebrate International Mother's Day?

While International Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries, some countries like Russia celebrate international women's day in place of mother's day.

Q.3: Do all countries celebrate International Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May?

While a majority of countries such as India, Australia, Canada, and Turkey, among others, celebrate International Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, many other countries have chosen other days to mark the celebration. For example, Thailand observes the day on the 12th of August, while the United Kingdom observes it on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Q.4: Is International Mother's Day a public holiday?

In most countries, International Mother's Day is not declared a public holiday.

Q.5: When will International Mother's Day be celebrated in India in 2022?

International Mother's Day will be celebrated in India on 8th May 2022.