Bringing honor to our mothers is not a modern concept – since the beginning of recorded civilization, we have evidence of celebrations and ceremonies meant to offer appreciation and respect to the matriarchs of society. Throughout history, mothers have shown remarkable strength, resilience, loyalty and unwavering love; and it is this spirit of motherhood that we still hold in high esteem today. No matter how society changes, our Mom is always our Mom.
The national observance here in America, which originated in 1914, is now also modeled in various other countries around the world; countries such as Australia, India, Canada, the UK, and Mexico all observe the day on the second Sunday in May. In Ireland, the national observance stemmed from the tradition of “Mothering Sunday,” when churchgoers would make a pilgrimage back to their home place of worship; this occurs on the last Sunday of Lent. At some point, although exactly when is not known, people began also giving their mothers small gifts on that day. In Thailand, mothers are celebrated on the same day as the reigning queen’s birthday; Queen Sirikrit’s birthday is August 12.
Sending the gift of flowers to show loved ones you are thinking of them is a cherished tradition as well. Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to send flowers, with nearly 2/3 of us planning to surprise her with a floral gift. Whether for your own mother, the mother of your children, a grandma, mentor or friend, beautiful flower arrangements are always appreciated. Picking fresh cut flowers that symbolize the beauty, grace and love of your mother is a special way to thank her. Mother’s Day is May 8, so don’t delay!