The Mother of Mother's Day & More Facts by: C.Gregory & D. Jenkins

By: Danille Jenkins & Catherine Gregory

Today is May 13th and it is a very special day! You know why... it is Mother’s Day! I’ll give you a minute to go give your mother a hug and a kiss or to call her and tell her you love her. Afterwards read on to wow people at dinner time with Mother's Day facts.

In the United States Mother’s Day was believed to have been started by two women named #JuliaWardHowe and #AnnaJarvis. Others say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely originated Mother’s Day in Michigan in the late 1800s. Her sons would pay tribute to her each year and proposed others to do the same. Julia Ward, on the other hand, in 1870, encouraged the presence of Mother’s Day to endorse peace against women. It continued in Boston with her backing for about ten years until it died out after that. In 1907 Anna Jarvis promoted “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” this was to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. As you can see Mother’s Day has been going on for many decades in the United States and still is important today.

In #Australia:

Mother’s Day in Australia is similar to the traditions we follow in the United States. It takes place on the second Sunday in May and on this day children usually show gratitude to their mother’s by giving them cards and gifts.

In #Mexico:

Mother’s Day is on May 10th and it is celebrated with fashion and color. Churches in Mexico organize a special mass and tamales and atole is distributed as an early morning meal to local mothers. The tradition of gift giving involves flowers and cards given to mothers. The eldest child buys their mother’s gift from the store and the youngest child make a homemade gift to honor their mother.

In the #Philippines:

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Although it is not an official holiday many still celebrate every year to the full extent. Children and their fathers spend the whole day pampering and showing love to their mothers. This includes breakfast in bed, fathers will take their wives on trips or to days of relaxation, and mothers are taken to their favorite places and restaurants for the whole day. Mother’s day in the Philippines is considered as a token of showing gratitude to the immeasurable sacrifices that mothers do for their family.


The equivalent holiday for Mother’s Day, is called Antrosht, that many Ethiopians celebrate. It is celebrated toward the end of the rainy season where families get together to celebrate the female members of their family.

It is common for lots of dancing and singing to take place as well as a large feast supplied by the daughters of the family.


The thing we call “Mother’s Day” today in the Western world actually dates back to ancient Greco-Roman times. The most direct descendant of the modern Mother’s Day is the celebration of Mothering Day in the early European Christian church. It takes place on the 4’th Sunday of Lent and is normally marked by young workers (especially female ones) taking the day off. Families of the workers would then return to worship at their “mother” churches. To celebrate their mothers the family would then give her a gift and present her special food delicacies, like Simnel cake (a cake made with hints of marzipan)


Mother’s Day in Soviet Union-era Russia was celebrated on International Women’s Day on March 8’th were Russian women reflected on several gender issues and celebrated their fight for gender equality.

In post Soviet-Russia the holiday was moved to the last Sunday in November but many still celebrate the holiday on the March 8’th date.

In #Japan:

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Day of May. Children make it a point to get up early and say "haha-no-hi" which translates to “happy mothers day”. This day is celebrated with many flowers given to mothers included carnations and roses. Carnations are considered the most beautiful gift, with their sweetness and purity it is a symbol of a mother’s love. In addition to celebrating the day with gifts and flowers special recipes are prepared.

In conclusion, it goes without saying that we, the students of Marist, love our mothers. We might not always see eye-to-eye but we know that they love us very much. We at “The Shield” thought that it would be very interesting to see how Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world and in different cultures. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Marist mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, and any other maternal figures in your life!

by: Catherine Gregory & Danielle Jenkins

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