We may live in different time zones, but the undeniable love and respect for mothers around the world holds true. Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that's observed in numerous forms throughout the globe. This year, Mother’s Day occurs on Sunday, May 10. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an officer U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter a part of her life trying to get rid of it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting Moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Once a significant tradition within the UK and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church within the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood are often traced back to the traditional Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is that of the early Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday.”Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and kids would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation.