Almost everyone will be celebrating Mother’s Day today. They will be thanking their mothers for all their love and support. Mothers, like children, are the most precious gifts to us. We can never really thank our mothers for all they have done for us.
Yet, we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices our mothers made while raising us.
The celebration of Mother’s Day surrounds the commemoration and honour of motherhood. And although the celebration varies from country to country, it dates back to the Greek annual spring festival which in Greek mythology is dedicated to their maternal Goddess, Rhea.
In England, the celebration of Mother’s Day began in the 1600s when a “Mothering Sunday” was proclaimed to honour Mary Magdalene, the mother of Jesus Christ but was later expanded by a religious order to include all the mothers in England. To this day Mother’s day is observed in March in the United Kingdom.
In the United States, the pioneering efforts of Julia Ward Howe, a social activist who wrote the Civil War song: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, and Anna Jarvis, a Pennsylvania native, inspired President Woodrow Wilson to declare May 8, 1914 to be Mother’s Day. It was to honour mothers and to appeal to and acknowledge womanhood in the United States and throughout the world.
In keeping with the U.S. tradition that began in the early 20th century, most of the countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.
Over the years, the tradition and significance of Mother’s Day celebration has changed. Its commercialization has caused many to believe that merchants and not mothers are the greatest beneficiaries.
Mother’s Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful financial ventures in the United States and several other countries around the world, especially for the florists, gift cards and other commercial industries. This contrasts sharply with the intent to conceptualize a special day to honour and pay homage to mothers on a special ay.
Mothers are special and hundreds of millions of people around the world will be celebrating Mother’s Day to recognize and revere their mothers by showering them with gifts, special dishes and love.
We in Guyana do honour and recognize our mothers for giving us life, raising us and for being there for us through the good and bad times. Many are both mothers and fathers given the trend of single parent households.
We have always showered our mothers with praises, gifts and love for being affectionate, kind and caring.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we must remember the mothers who were murdered and those who are being sexually and physically abused by their spouses or partners for no sensible reason.
Mothers are special and irreplaceable; they do not deserve such horrible treatment. In fact, no one should. Those who have been murdered have inadvertently become a symbol of the struggle mothers and women in general face daily in society.
Due to the large number of cases of domestic violence against women, society has failed mothers. Mothers are special and precious and they should be cherished and honored not only on Mother’s Day, but every day.
Mothers have been entrusted with the sacred and perhaps the most sanctified responsibility for the nurture, care and undying love for children from conception to birth and to adulthood. Inherent in this loving relationship is a special bond that is as profound and as eternal as life itself. It is a sense of duty like no other.
Happy Mother’s Day.
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