Mom. Mama. Eomma. Mutter. Madre. Regardless of your nationality, or the language you speak, you must have recognized at least one of the words mentioned above. And even if you haven’t heard the other ones, you must have known what it means as well.
Mothers are special beings, the very first creature we are familiar with; even far before we were born. Umbilical cord is only a symbol that shows how strong our bond is with our mother. And it’s fascinating in the same time, that the very first word most babies learn to say is “mother”. A simple mumble that sounds like “mom” or “mama” is enough to bring mothers around the globe to tears.
As we grow up, mothers take different roles for us. Chefs, teachers, drivers, or even doctors. We learn the importance of their existence the longer we live, and by passing year, our love for them grows. And that’s the reason why people around the world celebrate a very special day, Mother’s Day, with the hope that this will remind many others to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for their unconditional love and support.
Celebrated across the 46 countries, although on different dates, Mother’s Day is mostly celebrated with cards, or handwritten letters accompanied with a flower or a simple gift but always with the purpose to show love in a special way. ArTradition Purpose Market carries handmade accessories made by independent designers. Every item has a story behind it which makes it more special, if you are the type of person who shops responsibly check out our picks of unique gifts are listed at the end of this article.
In Australia, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Activities mostly included visit to places of interest such as the zoo or gardens with mothers and special dinners. Belgium also celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, with children making little presents that they will give to their mothers in the early morning of Mother’s Day. Fathers will also pamper their wives, with sweet bread delivered to the mothers while they’re still on the bed.
In Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Mother’s Day is also in line with the traditional value-respect to the elders. In Indonesia, Mother’s Day is celebrated on 22 December each year, and would consist of presenting gifts to mothers, hold parties and competitions, and even a day-off for working mothers. In Japan, Mother’s Day is a chance for sons and daughters across the country to gift their beloved mother flowers such as red carnations or roses. However, some countries such as India, aren’t very well aware of Mother’s Day, with majority of the population doesn’t celebrate it.
In Mexico, Mother’s Day caused a lot of controversy upon its introduction, when many felt the celebration was imposing capitalism and materialism in Mexico society. However, these days, Mexicans celebrate Mother’s Day every 10 May, by spending much time with their mothers as well as dining together with the family members. Russia also celebrates International Woman’s Day on the same day as Mother’s Day, on 8 March.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for us returns the love our mothers have given us since the day we were born. However, you can always keep in mind this basic fact: you don’t need a certain day to return that love. A surprise visit or a sudden unique gift to your mother will surely light up her day, and put a huge smile on her face. Why don’t you try doing that today?
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