To The Woman Who Made You "You"

Mother's Day History and Origin Story

What is the history of Mother’s Day? Where did this originate? Find out more about this beautiful day that celebrates the most beautiful woman in the world.


When Sarah Malin wrote a couplet to her mother, ‘Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly’, she spoke for everyone across the globe who has felt the purity and unconditional nature of a mother’s love.

While we love and adore our mothers, we also take her for granted. Think hard, when was the last time you said ‘Thank You’ to your mother for all that she has done for you? A mother’s endeavours and sacrifices often go unrecognised and underappreciated; and Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to show mothers just how much we admire them.

Mother's Day History

While the first Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to the ancient Greek festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods; the official tradition of bestowing honour on the most special women in our lives was started by Anna Jarvis, aptly christened ‘Mother of Mother’s Day’, in the US. Drawing inspiration from her own mother Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis who believed that the contribution of mothers must be revered, Anna started by sending carnations, a flower she felt symbolised the pure love of a mother, at the church service when her mother passed away. She then began by writing to people in power and actively lobbying for an official declaration of a mother’s day holiday. Her unrelenting hard work was rewarded on May 8, 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Today, while the Mother’s Day date changes every year depending on what date the second Sunday of May falls, the custom of celebrating the women who have given us birth, loved us unconditionally, been our strength and inspiration and shaped the people we have become, is now a practice in nearly every country across the world.

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Mother's Day Quotes and Poems

Mother’s Day poems conjure up images of the cocoon of happiness that surrounded you when you were with your mother. It brings back fond memories of growing up with your mother watching over you. ‘M-O-T-H-E-R’ written by Howard Johnson reads: “M” is for the million things she gave me, “O” means only that she’s growing old, “T” is for the tears she shed to save me, “H” is for her heart of purest gold; “E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining, “R” means right, and right she’ll always be, Put them all together, they spell ‘MOTHER’, a word that means the world to me.

With the advent of technology, Mother’s Day messages such as “I might not tell you often enough how much I love you or how much I care but just so you know my darling mom, whenever you need me, I will be there. Happy Mother’s Day!” have become the rage and are shared far and wide to inspire special sentiments or acts of love.

A Jewish proverb states, God could not be everywhere therefore he made mothers. Indeed, moms are an exceptional present from God, so put pen to paper this Mother’s Day and express your appreciation through a hand-written Mother’s Day poem or message that is heartfelt and encapsulates the emotions, nostalgia, pride and joy your mom invokes.   

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