Mother’s Day celebrated around the world

by Meghan Augsburger
Ramstein High School intern

Over the years, Mother’s Day has become an international celebration, stretching from one corner of the world to the other. Every nation is different, but each one understands the important role mothers have in our lives.

Starting with the ancient Greeks and Romans, the holiday has progressed and gained more popularity.

Julia Ward Howe was the first to present the idea of Mother’s Day in the United States. Howe, a supporter of disarmament, world peace and equality, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation, urging women to rise up against war.

She suggested that Mother’s Day fall on June 2 and Mothers’ Peace Day be celebrated on the second Sunday of June.

Anna Jarvis, though not a mother, is however, considered the Founder of Mother’s Day. She established the holiday in honor of her mother and lobbied for its official declaration. In May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution declaring the second Sunday of May Mother’s Day.

Though Jarvis tried to work against the commercialization of Mother’s Day, it has become an increasingly profitable holiday for card manufacturers and department stores.

Many nations celebrate Mother’s Day in similar fashions either on the second Sunday of May or on a different day during the year. In much of the world, common presents include flowers, chocolates and cards made by children.

Australians wear carnations to symbolize their love for theirs mothers. Colored carnations imply that the mother is alive. White carnations are meant to honor a mother who has passed away.

New Zealanders often take picnics and provide gifts for their mothers.

The British established their Mother’s Day before the Americans. They bake special cakes called “Mothering cake” or “Simnel cake” made with almonds.

So, take some time this year, and show your mother how much you love her.